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1712-1761

  • ’Twas the jealousy of God, and there is no device against God: where is a heart that is not (shattered) in a hundred pieces by God's love?
  • غیرت حق بود و با حق چاره نیست ** کو دلی کز حکم حق صد پاره نیست‌‌
  • The jealousy (of God) is this, that He is other than all things, that He is beyond explanation and the noise of words.
  • غیرت آن باشد که او غیر همه ست ** آن که افزون از بیان و دمدمه ست‌‌
  • Oh, alas! Would that my tears were an ocean, that they might be strewn as an offering to the fair charmer!
  • ای دریغا اشک من دریا بدی ** تا نثار دل بر زیبا بدی‌‌
  • My parrot, my clever-headed bird, the interpreter of my thought and inmost consciousness, 1715
  • طوطی من مرغ زیرکسار من ** ترجمان فکرت و اسرار من‌‌
  • She has told me from the first, that I might remember it, whatsoever should come to me as my allotted portion of right and wrong.”
  • هر چه روزی داد و ناداد آیدم ** او ز اول گفته تا یاد آیدم‌‌
  • The parrot whose voice comes from (Divine) inspiration and whose beginning was before the beginning of existence—
  • طوطیی کاید ز وحی آواز او ** پیش از آغاز وجود آغاز او
  • That parrot is hidden within thee: thou hast seen the reflexion of her upon this and that (the things of the phenomenal world).
  • اندرون تست آن طوطی نهان ** عکس او را دیده تو بر این و آن‌‌
  • She takes away thy joy, and because of her thou art rejoicing: thou receivest injury from her as though it were justice.
  • می‌‌برد شادیت را تو شاد از او ** می‌‌پذیری ظلم را چون داد از او
  • O thou who wert burning the soul for the body's sake, thou hast burned (destroyed) the soul and illumined (delighted) the body. 1720
  • ای که جان را بهر تن می‌‌سوختی ** سوختی جان را و تن افروختی‌‌
  • I am burning (with love of God): does any one want tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with fire from me.
  • سوختم من سوخته خواهد کسی ** تا ز من آتش زند اندر خسی‌‌
  • Inasmuch as tinder is combustible, take tinder that catches fire (readily).
  • سوخته چون قابل آتش بود ** سوخته بستان که آتش کش بود
  • O alas, O alas, O alas that such a moon became hidden under the clouds!
  • ای دریغا ای دریغا ای دریغ ** کانچنان ماهی نهان شد زیر میغ‌‌
  • How should I utter a word?—for the fire in my heart is grown fierce, the lion of separation (from the Beloved) has become raging and blood-shedding.
  • چون زنم دم کاتش دل تیز شد ** شیر هجر آشفته و خون ریز شد
  • One that even when sober is violent and furious, how will it be when he takes the wine-cup in his hand? 1725
  • آن که او هوشیار خود تند است و مست ** چون بود چون او قدح گیرد به دست‌‌
  • The furious Lion who is beyond description is too great for (cannot be contained in) the wide expanse of the meadow.
  • شیر مستی کز صفت بیرون بود ** از بسیط مرغزار افزون بود
  • I am thinking of rhymes, and my Sweetheart says to me, “Do not think of aught except vision of Me.
  • قافیه اندیشم و دل دار من ** گویدم مندیش جز دیدار من‌‌
  • Sit at thy ease, My rhyme-meditating (friend): in My presence thou art rhymed with (attached to) felicity.
  • خوش نشین ای قافیه اندیش من ** قافیه‌‌ی دولت تویی در پیش من‌‌
  • What are words that thou shouldst think of them? What are words? Thorns in the hedge of the vineyard.
  • حرف چه بود تا تو اندیشی از آن ** حرف چه بود خار دیوار رزان‌‌
  • I will throw word and sound and speech into confusion, that without these three I may converse with thee. 1730
  • حرف و صوت و گفت را بر هم زنم ** تا که بی‌‌این هر سه با تو دم زنم‌‌
  • That word which I kept hidden from Adam I will speak to thee, O (thou who art the) consciousness of the world.
  • آن دمی کز آدمش کردم نهان ** با تو گویم ای تو اسرار جهان‌‌
  • (I will tell to thee) that word which I did not communicate to Abraham, and that pain (love) which Gabriel does not know.”
  • آن دمی را که نگفتم با خلیل ** و آن غمی را که نداند جبرئیل‌‌
  • That word of which the Messiah (Jesus) breathed not a word, God in His jealousy, did not utter without us.
  • آن دمی کز وی مسیحا دم نزد ** حق ز غیرت نیز بی‌‌ما هم نزد
  • What is má in language? Positive and negative. I am not positive, I am selfless and negated.
  • ما چه باشد در لغت اثبات و نفی ** من نه اثباتم منم بی‌‌ذات و نفی‌‌
  • I found (true) individuality in non-individuality: therefore I wove (my) individuality into non-individuality. 1735
  • من کسی در ناکسی دریافتم ** پس کسی در ناکسی دربافتم‌‌
  • All kings are enslaved to their slaves, all people are dead (ready to die) for one who dies for them.
  • جمله شاهان بنده‌‌ی بنده‌‌ی خودند ** جمله خلقان مرده‌‌ی مرده‌‌ی خودند
  • All kings are prostrate before one who is prostrate before them, all people are intoxicated with (love for) one who is intoxicated with them.
  • جمله شاهان پست، پست خویش را ** جمله خلقان مست، مست خویش را
  • The fowler becomes a prey to the birds in order that of a sudden he may make them his prey.
  • می‌‌شود صیاد، مرغان را شکار ** تا کند ناگاه ایشان را شکار
  • Heart-ravishers (loved ones) seek with (all their) soul those who have lost their hearts (to them): all loved ones are the prey of (their) lovers.
  • بی‌‌دلان را دلبران جسته به جان ** جمله معشوقان شکار عاشقان‌‌
  • Whomsoever thou didst deem to be a lover, regard (him) as the loved one, for relatively he is both this and that. 1740
  • هر که عاشق دیدی‌‌اش معشوق دان ** کو به نسبت هست هم این و هم آن‌‌
  • If they that are thirsty seek water from the world, (yet) water too seeks in the world them that are thirsty.
  • تشنگان گر آب جویند از جهان ** آب جوید هم به عالم تشنگان‌‌
  • Inasmuch as He is (thy) lover, do thou be silent: as He is pulling thine ear, be thou (all) ear.
  • چون که عاشق اوست تو خاموش باش ** او چو گوشت می‌‌کشد تو گوش باش‌‌
  • Dam the torrent (of ecstasy) when it runs in flood; else it will work shame and ruin.
  • بند کن چون سیل سیلانی کند ** ور نه رسوایی و ویرانی کند
  • What care I though ruin be (wrought)? Under the ruin there is a royal treasure.
  • من چه غم دارم که ویرانی بود ** زیر ویران گنج سلطانی بود
  • He that is drowned in God wishes to be more drowned, (while) his spirit (is tossed) up and down like the waves of the sea, 1745
  • غرق حق خواهد که باشد غرق‌‌تر ** همچو موج بحر جان زیر و زبر
  • (Asking), “Is the bottom of the sea more delightful, or the top? Is His (the Beloved's) arrow more fascinating, or the shield?”
  • زیر دریا خوشتر آید یا زبر ** تیر او دل کش تر آید یا سپر
  • O heart, thou art torn asunder by evil suggestion if thou recognise any difference between joy and woe.
  • پاره کرده‌‌ی وسوسه باشی دلا ** گر طرب را باز دانی از بلا
  • Although the object of thy desire has the taste of sugar, is not absence of any object of desire (in thee) the object of the Beloved's desire?
  • گر مرادت را مذاق شکر است ** بی‌‌مرادی نه مراد دل بر است‌‌
  • Every star of His is the blood-price of a hundred new moons: it is lawful for Him to shed the blood of the (whole) world.
  • هر ستاره‌‌ش خونبهای صد هلال ** خون عالم ریختن او را حلال‌‌
  • We gained the price and the blood-price: we hastened to gamble our soul away. 1750
  • ما بها و خونبها را یافتیم ** جانب جان باختن بشتافتیم‌‌
  • Oh, the life of lovers consists in death: thou wilt not win the (Beloved's) heart except in losing thine own.
  • ای حیات عاشقان در مردگی ** دل نیابی جز که در دل بردگی‌‌
  • I sought (to win) His heart with a hundred airs and graces, (but) He made excuses to me (put me off) in disdain.
  • من دلش جسته به صد ناز و دلال ** او بهانه کرده با من از ملال‌‌
  • I said, “After all, this mind and soul (of mine) are drowned in Thee.” “Begone,” said He, “begone! Do not chant these spells over Me (do not seek thus to beguile Me).
  • گفتم آخر غرق تست این عقل و جان ** گفت رو رو بر من این افسون مخوان‌‌
  • Do not I know what thought thou hast conceived? O thou who hast seen double, how hast thou regarded the Beloved?
  • من ندانم آن چه اندیشیده‌‌ای ** ای دو دیده دوست را چون دیده‌‌ای‌‌
  • O gross-spirited one, thou hast held Him in light esteem, because thou hast bought Him very cheaply. 1755
  • ای گران جان خوار دیده ستی و را ** ز آن که بس ارزان خریده ستی و را
  • He that buys cheaply gives cheaply: a child will give a pearl for a loaf of bread.”
  • هر که او ارزان خرد ارزان دهد ** گوهری طفلی به قرصی نان دهد
  • I am drowned in a love (so deep) that therein are drowned the first loves and the last.
  • غرق عشقی‌‌ام که غرق است اندر این ** عشقهای اولین و آخرین‌‌
  • I have told it summarily, I have not explained it (at length), otherwise both (my power of) causing (thee) to understand and (my) tongue (itself) would be consumed.
  • مجملش گفتم نکردم ز آن بیان ** ور نه هم افهام سوزد هم زبان‌‌
  • When I speak of “lip,” ’tis the lip (shore) of the Sea; when I say “not,” the intended meaning is “except.”
  • من چو لب گویم لب دریا بود ** من چو لا گویم مراد الا بود
  • By reason of (inward) sweetness I sit with sour face: from fullness of speech I am silent, 1760
  • من ز شیرینی نشستم رو ترش ** من ز بسیاری گفتارم خمش‌‌
  • That in the mask of sour-facedness my sweetness may be kept hidden from the two worlds.
  • تا که شیرینی ما از دو جهان ** در حجاب رو ترش باشد نهان‌‌