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  • His (the husband's) beard was full of wind (he was puffed up with pride): “Who (thought he) has such a gift as this? This, truly, is worthy of a King like him.” 2715
  • ریش او پر باد کاین هدیه کراست ** لایق چون او شهی این است راست‌‌
  • The wife did not know that in that place (Baghdád) on the thoroughfare there is running the Tigris (whose water is) sweet as sugar,
  • زن نمی‌‌دانست کانجا بر گذر ** هست جاری دجله‌‌ی همچون شکر
  • Flowing like a sea through the city, full of boats and fishing-nets.
  • در میان شهر چون دریا روان ** پر ز کشتیها و شست ماهیان‌‌
  • Go to the Sultan and behold this pomp and state! Behold the senses of (those for whom God hath prepared gardens) beneath which the rivers flow!
  • رو بر سلطان و کار و بار بین ** حس تجری تحتها الأنهار بین‌‌
  • Our senses and perceptions, such as they are, are (but) a single drop in that pure river.
  • این چنین حسها و ادراکات ما ** قطره‌‌ای باشد در آن نهر صفا
  • How the Arab's wife sewed the jug of rain-water in a felt cloth and put a seal on it because of the Arab's utter conviction (that it was a precious gift for the King).
  • در نمد دوختن زن عرب سبوی آب باران را و مهر نهادن بر وی از غایت اعتقاد عرب‌‌
  • “Yes,” said the husband, “stop up the mouth of the jug. Take care, for this is a gift that will bring us profit. 2720
  • مرد گفت آری سبو را سر ببند ** هین که این هدیه ست ما را سودمند
  • Sew this jug in felt, that the King may break his fast with our gift,
  • در نمد در دوز تو این کوزه را ** تا گشاید شه به هدیه روزه را
  • For there is no (water) like this in all the world: it is naught but pure wine and the source of pleasures (to the taste).”
  • کاین چنین اندر همه آفاق نیست ** جز رحیق و مایه‌‌ی اذواق نیست‌‌
  • (This he said) because they (people like him) are always full of infirmity and half-blind from (drinking) bitter and briny waters.
  • ز آن که ایشان ز آبهای تلخ و شور ** دایما پر علت‌‌اند و نیم کور
  • The bird whose dwelling-place is the briny water, how should it know where to find in it the clear (and sweet) water?
  • مرغ کآب شور باشد مسکنش ** او چه داند جای آب روشنش‌‌
  • O thou whose abode is in the briny spring, how shouldst thou know the Shatt and the Jayhún and the Euphrates? 2725
  • این که اندر چشمه‌‌ی شور است جات ** تو چه دانی شط و جیحون و فرات‌‌
  • O thou who hast not escaped from this fleeting caravanseray (the material world), how shouldst thou know (the meaning of) “self-extinction” and (mystical) “intoxication” and “expansion”?
  • ای تو نارسته از این فانی رباط ** تو چه دانی محو و سکر و انبساط
  • And if thou knowest, ’tis (by rote, like the knowledge) handed down to thee from father and grandfather: to thee these names are like abjad.
  • ور بدانی نقلت از اب وز جد است ** پیش تو این نامها چون ابجد است‌‌
  • How plain and evident to all children are abjad and hawwaz, and (yet) the real meaning is far away (hard to reach).
  • ابجد و هوز چه فاش است و پدید ** بر همه طفلان و معنی بس بعید
  • Then the Arab man took up the jug and set out to journey, carrying it along (with him) day and night.
  • پس سبو برداشت آن مرد عرب ** در سفر شد می‌‌کشیدش روز و شب‌‌
  • He was trembling for the jug, in fear of Fortune's mischiefs: all the same, he conveyed it from the desert to the city (Baghdád). 2730
  • بر سبو لرزان بد از آفات دهر ** هم کشیدش از بیابان تا به شهر
  • His wife unrolled the prayer-rug in supplication; she made (the words) Rabbi sallim (Save, O Lord) her litany in prayer,
  • زن مصلا باز کرده از نیاز ** رب سلم ورد کرده در نماز
  • Crying, “Keep our water safe from scoundrels! O Lord, let that pearl arrive at that sea!
  • که نگه دار آب ما را از خسان ** یا رب آن گوهر بدان دریا رسان‌‌
  • Although my husband is shrewd and artful, yet the pearl has thousands of enemies.
  • گر چه شویم آگه است و پر فن است ** لیک گوهر را هزاران دشمن است‌‌
  • Pearl indeed! ’Tis the water of Kawthar: ’tis a drop of this that is the origin of the pearl.”
  • خود چه باشد گوهر آب کوثر است ** قطره‌‌ای زین است کاصل گوهر است‌‌
  • Through the prayers and lamentation of the wife, and through the husband's anxiety and his patience under the heavy burden, 2735
  • از دعاهای زن و زاری او ** وز غم مرد و گرانباری او
  • He bore it without delay, safe from robbers and unhurt by stones, to the seat of the Caliphate (the Caliph's palace).
  • سالم از دزدان و از آسیب سنگ ** برد تا دار الخلافه بی‌‌درنگ‌‌
  • He saw a bountiful Court, (where) the needy had spread their nets;
  • دید درگاهی پر از انعامها ** اهل حاجت گستریده دامها
  • Everywhere, moment by moment, some petitioner gained (and carried away) from that Court a donation and robe of honour:
  • دم به دم هر سوی صاحب حاجتی ** یافته ز آن در عطا و خلعتی‌‌
  • ’Twas like sun and rain, nay, like Paradise, for infidel and true believer and good folk and bad.
  • بهر گبر و مومن و زیبا و زشت ** همچو خورشید و مطر نی چون بهشت‌‌
  • He beheld some people arrayed (with favour) in the sight (of the Caliph), and others who had risen to their feet (and were) waiting (to receive his commands). 2740
  • دید قومی در نظر آراسته ** قوم دیگر منتظر برخاسته‌‌
  • High and low, from Solomon to the ant, they (all) had become quickened with life, like the world at the blast of the trumpet (on the Day of Resurrection).
  • خاص و عامه از سلیمان تا به مور ** زنده گشته چون جهان از نفخ صور
  • The followers of Form were woven (entangled) in pearls, the followers of Reality had found the Sea of Reality.
  • اهل صورت در جواهر بافته ** اهل معنی بحر معنی یافته‌‌
  • Those without aspiration—how aspiring had they become! and those of high aspiration—to what felicity had they attained!
  • آن که بی‌‌همت چه با همت شده ** و آن که با همت چه با نعمت شده‌‌
  • Showing that, as the beggar is in love with bounty and in love with the bountiful giver, so the bounty of the bountiful giver is in love with the beggar: if the beggar have the greater patience, the bountiful giver will come to his door; and if the bountiful giver have the greater patience, the beggar will come to his door; but the beggar's patience is a virtue in the beggar, while the patience of the bountiful giver is in him a defect.
  • در بیان آن که چنان که گدا عاشق کرم است و عاشق کریم، کرم کریم هم عاشق گداست اگر گدا را صبر بیش بود کریم بر در او آید و اگر کریم را صبر بیش بود گدا بر در او آید اما صبر گدا کمال گداست و صبر کریم نقصان اوست‌‌
  • A loud call was coming (to his ears): “Come, O seeker! Bounty is in need of beggars: (it is needy) like a beggar.
  • بانگ می‌‌آمد که ای طالب بیا ** جود محتاج گدایان چون گدا
  • Bounty is seeking the beggars and the poor, just as fair ones who seek a clear mirror. 2745
  • جود می‌‌جوید گدایان و ضعاف ** همچو خوبان کاینه جویند صاف‌‌
  • The face of the fair is made beautiful by the mirror, the face of Beneficence is made visible by the beggar.
  • روی خوبان ز آینه زیبا شود ** روی احسان از گدا پیدا شود
  • Therefore on this account God said in the Súra Wa’d-Duhá, “O Mohammed, do not shout at (and drive away) the beggar.”
  • پس از این فرمود حق در و الضحی ** بانگ کم زن ای محمد بر گدا
  • Inasmuch as the beggar is the mirror of Bounty, take care! Breath is hurtful to the face of the mirror.
  • چون گدا آیینه‌‌ی جود است هان ** دم بود بر روی آیینه زیان‌‌
  • In the one case, his (the giver's) bounty makes the beggar manifest (causes him to beg), while in the other case he (the giver), (without being asked), bestows on the beggars more (than they need).
  • آن یکی جودش گدا آرد پدید ** و آن دگر بخشد گدایان را مزید
  • Beggars, then, are the evidentiary sign of God's bounty, and they that are with God are (united with) the Absolute Bounty; 2750
  • پس گدایان آیت جود حق‌‌اند ** و آن که با حقند جود مطلق‌‌اند
  • And every one except those two (types of beggar) is truly a dead man: he is not at this door (the Divine Court), he is (lifeless as) a picture (embroidered) on a curtain.
  • و آن که جز این دوست او خود مرده‌‌ای است ** او بر این در نیست نقش پرده‌‌ای است‌‌
  • The difference between one that is poor for (desirous of) God and thirsting for Him and one that is poor of (destitute of) God and thirsting for what is other than He.
  • فرق میان آن که درویش است به خدا و تشنه‌‌ی خدا و میان آن که درویش است از خدا و تشنه‌‌ی غیر است‌‌
  • He (that seeks other than God) is the (mere) picture of a dervish, he is not worthy of bread (Divine bounty): do not throw a bone to the picture of a dog!
  • نقش درویش است او نی اهل نان ** نقش سگ را تو مینداز استخوان‌‌
  • He wants a morsel of food, he does not want God: do not set dishes before a lifeless picture!
  • فقر لقمه دارد او نی فقر حق ** پیش نقش مرده‌‌ای کم نه طبق‌‌
  • The dervish that wants bread is a land-fish: (he has) the form of a fish, but (he is) fleeing from the sea.
  • ماهی خاکی بود درویش نان ** شکل ماهی لیک از دریا رمان‌‌
  • He is a domestic fowl, not the Símurgh of the air: he swallows sweet morsels (of food), he does not eat from God. 2755
  • مرغ خانه ست او نه سیمرغ هوا ** لوت نوشد او ننوشد از خدا
  • He loves God for the sake of gain: his soul is not in love with (God's) excellence and beauty.
  • عاشق حق است او بهر نوال ** نیست جانش عاشق حسن و جمال‌‌
  • If he conceives that he is in love with the Essence (of God), conception of the (Divine) names and attributes is not the Essence.
  • گر توهم می‌‌کند او عشق ذات ** ذات نبود وهم اسما و صفات‌‌
  • Conception is created; it has been begotten: God is not begotten, He is lam yúlad.
  • وهم مخلوق است و مولود آمده ست ** حق نزاییده ست او لم یولد است‌‌
  • How should he that is in love with his own imagination and conception be one of them that love the Lord of bounties?
  • عاشق تصویر و وهم خویشتن ** کی بود از عاشقان ذو المنن‌‌
  • If the lover of that (false) conception be sincere, that metaphor (unreal judgement) will lead him to the reality. 2760
  • عاشق آن وهم اگر صادق بود ** آن مجاز او حقیقت کش شود
  • The exposition of this saying demands a commentary, but I am afraid of senile (feeble) minds.
  • شرح می‌‌خواهد بیان این سخن ** لیک می‌‌ترسم ز افهام کهن‌‌
  • Senile and short-sighted minds bring a hundred evil fancies into their thoughts.
  • فهم‌‌های کهنه‌‌ی کوته نظر ** صد خیال بد در آرد در فکر
  • Not every one is able to hear rightly: the fig is not a morsel for every little bird,
  • بر سماع راست هر کس چیر نیست ** لقمه‌‌ی هر مرغکی انجیر نیست‌‌
  • Especially a bird that is dead, putrid; a blind, eyeless (fellow) filled with vain fancy.
  • خاصه مرغی مرده‌‌ای پوسیده‌‌ای ** پر خیالی اعمیی بی‌‌دیده‌‌ای‌‌