While he that is ignorant (of God) and a stranger to His sorrow (love)—how often has it been shown, and he has not seen it!
و انکه او جاهل بد از دردش بعید ** چند بنمودند و او آن را ندید
The mirror of the heart must be clear, in order that you may know therein the ugly form from the beautiful.
آینهی دل صاف باید تا در او ** واشناسی صورت زشت از نکو
How the man of sincere counsel, after having done his utmost in (the way of) admonition, took leave of him who was deluded by (his confidence in) the bear.
ترک گفتن آن مرد ناصح بعد از مبالغهی پند مغرور خرس را
That Moslem left the foolish man and quickly, saying Lá hawl under his lip (breath), went back (to his abode).
آن مسلمان ترک ابله کرد و تفت ** زیر لب لاحولگویان باز رفت
He said, “Inasmuch as from my earnestness and admonition and from (my) disputing (with him), (the only result is that) vain fancies are being born in his mind more (and more),2065
گفت چون از جد و پندم وز جدال ** در دل او بیش میزاید خیال
Therefore the road of admonition and counsel has become barred: the command, ‘Turn aside from them,’ has arrived.”
پس ره پند و نصیحت بسته شد ** امر أعرض عنهم پیوسته شد
When your remedy increases the disease, then (leave him who will not be cured, and) tell your story to one that seeks (to hear the Truth). Read (the chapter of the Qur’án, which begins with the word) ‘Abasa (he frowned):
چون دوایت میفزاید درد پس ** قصه با طالب بگو بر خوان عبس
“As the blind man has come seeking the Truth, ‘tis not meet to wound his breast (by turning aside from him) on account of his poverty.
چون که اعمی طالب حق آمده ست ** بهر فقر او را نشاید سینه خست
Thou (Mohammed) art eager for the great ones to take the right way, in order that the common folk may learn from the rulers.
تو حریصی بر رشاد مهتران ** تا بیاموزند عام از سروران
O Ahmad (Mohammed), thou hast seen that a company of princes have become ready to listen (to thee), and thou art pleased (with the hope) that, maybe,2070
احمدا دیدی که قومی از ملوک ** مستمع گشتند گشتی خوش که بوک
These chieftains will become good friends of the Religion (Islam), (for) they are lords over the Arabs and the Abyssinians,
این رئیسان یار دین گردند خوش ** بر عرب اینها سرند و بر حبش