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305-354

  • Thy young grape is indurated; for through sickness the (other) young grapes are now raisins, while thou art (still) immature.” 305
  • غوره‌ی تو سنگ بسته کز سقام ** غوره‌ها اکنون مویزند و تو خام
  • How the lover begged to be excused for his sin, (but) with duplicity and dissimulation; and how the beloved perceived that also.
  • عذر خواستن آن عاشق از گناه خویش به تلبیس و روی پوش و فهم کردن معشوق آن را نیز
  • The lover said, “I made the trial—do not take offence—that I might see whether thou art a hetaera or a modest woman. [The lover said, “I made the trial—do not take offence—that I might see whether thou art a courtesan or a modest woman.]
  • گفت عاشق امتحان کردم مگیر ** تا ببینم تو حریفی یا ستیر
  • I was knowing (it) without the trial, but how should hearing be the same as seeing?
  • من همی دانستمت بی‌امتحان ** لیک کی باشد خبر هم‌چون عیان
  • Thou art (like) the sun: thy name is renowned and known to all: what harm is there if I have tested it?
  • آفتابی نام تو مشهور و فاش ** چه زیانست ار بکردم ابتلاش
  • Thou art I: every day I am making trial of myself in profit and loss (good and evil).
  • تو منی من خویشتن را امتحان ** می‌کنم هر روز در سود و زیان
  • The prophets were put to the trial by their enemies, with the result that miracles were displayed by them. 310
  • انبیا را امتحان کرده عدات ** تا شده ظاهر ازیشان معجزات
  • I made trial of my own eye with light, O thou from whose eyes may the evil eye be far!
  • امتحان چشم خود کردم به نور ** ای که چشم بد ز چشمان تو دور
  • This world is as the ruin, and thou the treasure (buried there): if I have made investigation concerning thy treasure, be not aggrieved.
  • این جهان هم‌چون خرابست و تو گنج ** گر تفحص کردم از گنجت مرنج
  • I recklessly committed such an indiscretion, that I may always boast (of thy virtue) to (thy) enemies;
  • زان چنین بی‌خردگی کردم گزاف ** تا زنم با دشمنان هر بار لاف
  • So that, when my tongue bestows a name on thee, my eye may give testimonies of this which I have seen.
  • تا زبانم چون ترا نامی نهد ** چشم ازین دیده گواهیها دهد
  • If I have sought to rob thee of thy honour I come, O Moon (of beauty), with sword and winding-sheet. 315
  • گر شدم در راه حرمت راه‌زن ** آمدم ای مه به شمشیر و کفن
  • Do not cut off my feet and head save with thine own hand, for I belong to this hand, not to another hand.
  • جز به دست خود مبرم پا و سر ** که ازین دستم نه از دست دگر
  • Thou art talking again of separation: do whatsoever thou wilt, but do not this!”
  • از جدایی باز می‌رانی سخن ** هر چه خواهی کن ولیکن این مکن
  • The way is now made (open for entering) into the realm of Discourse (Exposition); (but) ‘tis impossible to speak (on the subject), since there is no time (to do so at present).
  • در سخن آباد این دم راه شد ** گفت امکان نیست چون بیگاه شد
  • We have told the husks (externals), but the kernel (the inner meaning) is buried; if we remain (alive), this will not remain (concealed) as it is now.
  • پوستها گفتیم و مغز آمد دفین ** گر بمانیم این نماند همچنین
  • How the beloved rejected the excuses of the lover and rubbed his duplicity into him.
  • رد کردن معشوقه عذر عاشق را و تلبیس او را در روی او مالیدن
  • The loved one opened her lips to answer him, saying, “On my side it is day, and on thy side it is night. 320
  • در جوابش بر گشاد آن یار لب ** کز سوی ما روز سوی تست شب
  • Why in contention dost thou bring forward dark evasions be fore those who see (the truth plainly)?
  • حیله‌های تیره اندر داوری ** پیش بینایان چرا می‌آوری
  • To us, all the deceit and dissimulations that thou ha in thy heart are manifest and clear as day.
  • هر چه در دل داری از مکر و رموز ** پیش ما رسواست و پیدا هم‌چو روز
  • If we, in kindness to our servant, cover it up, why dost thou carry shamelessness beyond the limit?
  • گر بپوشیمش ز بنده‌پروری ** تو چرا بی‌رویی از حد می‌بری
  • Learn from thy Father; for in (the hour of) sin Adam came down willingly to the vestibule
  • از پدر آموز که آدم در گناه ** خوش فرود آمد به سوی پایگاه
  • When he beheld that Knower of secrets, he stood up on his feet to ask forgiveness. 325
  • چون بدید آن عالم الاسرار را ** بر دو پا استاد استغفار را
  • He seated himself on the ashes of contrition: he did not jump from one branch of idle pleading to another
  • بر سر خاکستر انده نشست ** از بهانه شاخ تا شاخی نجست
  • He said only, ‘O Lord, verily we have done wrong,’ when he saw the (angelic) life-guards in front and behind.
  • ربنا انا ظلمنا گفت و بس ** چونک جانداران بدید از پیش و پس
  • He saw the life-guards who are invisible, as the spirit is—each one’s mace (reaching) to the sky—-
  • دید جانداران پنهان هم‌چو جان ** دورباش هر یکی تا آسمان
  • Saying, ‘Hola! be (as) the ant before Solomon, lest this mace cleave thee asunder.
  • که هلا پیش سلیمان مور باش ** تا بنشکافد ترا این دورباش
  • Do not for one moment stand (anywhere) but in the place of truth: a man hath no guardian like the (seeing) eye. 330
  • جز مقام راستی یک دم مه‌ایست ** هیچ لالا مرد را چون چشم نیست
  • (Even) if the blind man be purified by admonition, he continually becomes polluted again.
  • کور اگر از پند پالوده شود ** هر دمی او باز آلوده شود
  • O Adam, thou art not blind of vision, but when the Divine destiny comes, the sight becomes blind.’”
  • آدما تو نیستی کور از نظر ** لیک اذا جاء القضا عمی البصر
  • Lifetimes are needed—(so) rarely and occasionally (does it happen)—for the seeing man to fall by destiny into the pit.
  • عمرها باید به نادر گاه‌گاه ** تا که بینا از قضا افتد به چاه
  • As regards the blind man, this destiny in sooth is his companion on the way; for ‘tis his nature and disposition to fall.
  • کور را خود این قضا همراه اوست ** که مرورا اوفتادن طبع و خوست
  • He falls into the filth and does not know what the smell is; (he asks himself), “Is this smell from me or from (my) being polluted?” 335
  • در حدث افتد نداند بوی چیست ** از منست این بوی یا ز آلودگیست
  • And likewise, if any one sprinkle some musk over him, he thinks it (comes) from himself and not from the kindness of his friend.
  • ور کسی بر وی کند مشکی نثار ** هم ز خود داند نه از احسان یار
  • Therefore to you, O man of vision, two clear eyes are (as) a hundred mothers and a hundred fathers;
  • پس دو چشم روشن ای صاحب‌نظر ** مر ترا صد مادرست و صد پدر
  • Especially the eye of the heart (the spiritual eye), which is seventy-fold and of which these two sensible eyes are (only) the gleaners.
  • خاصه چشم دل آن هفتاد توست ** وین دو چشم حس خوشه‌چین اوست
  • Oh, alas, the highwaymen are seated (and lying in wait for me): they have tied a hundred knots beneath my tongue.
  • ای دریغا ره‌زنان بنشسته‌اند ** صد گره زیر زبانم بسته‌اند
  • How should the smooth-paced horse move well, when his leg is tied? This is a very heavy chain: hold me excused! 340
  • پای‌بسته چون رود خوش راهوار ** بس گران بندیست این معذور دار
  • These words (of mine) are coming (forth) brokenly, O heart; for these words are pearls, and (the Divine) jealousy is the mill (which breaks them);
  • این سخن اشکسته می‌آید دلا ** کین سخن درست غیرت آسیا
  • (But), though the pearls be broken into small fragments, they become tutty (collyrium) for the sore eye (of the spirit).
  • در اگر چه خرد و اشکسته شود ** توتیای دیده‌ی خسته شود
  • O pearl, do not beat thy head (in grief) at thy being broken, for through being broken thou wilt become (radiant) light.
  • ای در از اشکست خود بر سر مزن ** کز شکستن روشنی خواهی شدن
  • It (the word) has to be uttered thus brokenly and in bandages: God, who is Self-sufficient, will make it whole at last.
  • همچنین اشکسته بسته گفتنیست ** حق کند آخر درستش کو غنیست
  • If wheat is broken and torn asunder (in the mill), it appears in the (baker’s) shop, saying, “Look! a perfect loaf!” 345
  • گندم ار بشکست و از هم در سکست ** بر دکان آمد که نک نان درست
  • “Thou too, O lover, since thy crime has become manifest, abandon water and oil (specious varnish) and be broken (contrite).
  • تو هم ای عاشق چو جرمت گشت فاش ** آب و روغن ترک کن اشکسته باش
  • Those who are the elect children of Adam sigh forth (the confession), ‘verily we have done wrong.’
  • آنک فرزندان خاص آدم‌اند ** نفحه‌ی انا ظلمنا می‌دمند
  • Submit thy petition, do not argue like the accursed hard- faced (impudent) Iblis.
  • حاجت خود عرضه کن حجت مگو ** هم‌چو ابلیس لعین سخت‌رو
  • If impudence concealed his fault, go, exert thyself in (showing) obstinacy and impudence!
  • سخت‌رویی گر ورا شد عیب‌پوش ** در ستیز و سخت‌رویی رو بکوش
  • Abu Jahl, like a vindictive Ghuzz Turcoman, demanded a miracle from the Prophet; 350
  • آن ابوجهل از پیمبر معجزی ** خواست هم‌چون کینه‌ور ترکی غزی
  • But that Siddiq of God (Abu Bakr) did not crave a miracle: he said, ‘Verily, this face speaks naught but truth.’
  • لیک آن صدیق حق معجز نخواست ** گفت این رو خود نگوید جز که راست
  • How should it beseem one like thee, from egoism, to make trial of a beloved like me?”
  • کی رسد هم‌چون توی را کز منی ** امتحان هم‌چو من یاری کنی
  • How the Jew said to ‘Alí, may God honour his person, "If thou hast confidence in God's protection, cast thyself down from the top of this kiosk"; and how the Prince of the Faithful answered him.
  • گفتن آن جهود علی را کرم الله وجهه کی اگر اعتماد داری بر حافظی حق از سر این کوشک خود را در انداز و جواب گفتن امیرالممنین او را
  • One day a contumacious man, who was ignorant of the reverence due to God, said to Murtazá (‘Alí),
  • مرتضی را گفت روزی یک عنود ** کو ز تعظیم خدا آگه نبود
  • On the top of an exceedingly high terrace or pavilion, “Art thou conscious of God's protection, O intelligent man?”
  • بر سر بامی و قصری بس بلند ** حفظ حق را واقفی ای هوشمند