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  • To him it was anguish that he should give up his soul at one blow and that his soul should escape lightly from the hand of his fortitude.
  • حیفش آمد که به زخمی جان دهد  ** جان ز دست صدق او آسان رهد 
  • Story of the (spiritual) warrior who every day used to take one dirhem separately from a purse containing (pieces of) silver and throw it into a ditch (full of water) for the purpose of thwarting the greed and cupidity of his fleshly soul; and how his soul tempted him, saying, “Since you are going to throw (this money) into the ditch, at least throw it away all at once, so that I may gain deliverance, for despair is one of the two (possible) reliefs”; and how he replied, “I will not give thee this relief either.”
  • حکایت آن مجاهد کی از همیان سیم هر روز یک درم در خندق انداختی به تفاریق از بهر ستیزه‌ی حرص و آرزوی نفس و وسوسه‌ی نفس کی چون می‌اندازی به خندق باری به یک‌بار بینداز تا خلاص یابم کی الیاس احدی الراحتین او گفته کی این راحت نیز ندهم 
  • A certain man had forty dirhems in his hand: every night he would throw one (of them) into the sea-water, 3815
  • آن یکی بودش به کف در چل درم  ** هر شب افکندی یکی در آب یم 
  • In order that the long agony suffered in (the process of) deliberation might become grievous to the illusory soul.
  • تا که گردد سخت بر نفس مجاز  ** در تانی درد جان کندن دراز 
  • He (the valiant Súfí) advanced with the Moslems to attack (the infidels), (but) in the hour of retreat he did not fall back in haste before the enemy.
  • با مسلمانان بکر او پیش رفت  ** وقت فر او وا نگشت از خصم تفت 
  • He was wounded again, (but) he bound up those (wounds) too: twenty times were the spears and arrows (of the enemy) broken by him.
  • زخم دیگر خورد آن را هم ببست  ** بیست کرت رمح و تیر از وی شکست 
  • After that, no strength remained (in him): he fell forward (and expired in)the seat of truth because his love was true.
  • بعد از آن قوت نماند افتاد پیش  ** مقعد صدق او ز صدق عشق خویش 
  • Truth consists in giving up the soul (to God). Hark, try to outstrip (the others) in the race! Recite from the Qur’án (the words) men who have been true. 3820
  • صدق جان دادن بود هین سابقوا  ** از نبی برخوان رجال صدقوا 
  • All this dying is not the death of the (physical) form: this body is (only) like an instrument for the spirit.
  • این همه مردن نه مرگ صورتست  ** این بدن مر روح را چون آلتست 
  • Oh, there is many a raw (imperfect) one whose blood was shed externally, but whose living fleshly soul escaped to yonder side.
  • ای بسا خامی که ظاهر خونش ریخت  ** لیک نفس زنده آن جانب گریخت 
  • Its instrument was shattered, but the brigand was left alive: the fleshly soul is living though that on which it rode has bled to death.
  • آلتش بشکست و ره‌زن زنده ماند  ** نفس زنده‌ست ارچه مرکب خون فشاند 
  • His (the rider's) horse was killed before his road was traversed: he became naught but ignorant and wicked and miserable.
  • اسپ کشت و راه او رفته نشد  ** جز که خام و زشت و آشفته نشد 
  • If a martyr were made by every (mortal) bloodshed, an infidel killed (in battle) also would be a Bú Sa‘íd. 3825
  • گر بهر خون ریزیی گشتی شهید  ** کافری کشته بدی هم بوسعید 
  • Oh, there is many a trusty martyred soul that has died (to self) in this world, (though) it is going about like the living.
  • ای بسا نفس شهید معتمد  ** مرده در دنیا چو زنده می‌رود 
  • The brigand (animal) spirit has died, though the body, which is its sword, survives: it (the sword) is (still) in the hand of that eager warrior.
  • روح ره‌زن مرد و تن که تیغ اوست  ** هست باقی در کف آن غزوجوست 
  • The sword is that (same) sword, the man is not that (same) man; but this appearance (of identity) is a cause of bewilderment to you.
  • تیغ آن تیغست مرد آن مرد نیست  ** لیک این صورت ترا حیران کنیست 
  • When the soul is transformed, this sword, namely, the body, remains in the hand of (is wielded by) the action of the Beneficent (God).
  • نفس چون مبدل شود این تیغ تن  ** باشد اندر دست صنع ذوالمنن 
  • The one (whose fleshly soul is dead) is a man whose food is entirely (Divine) love; the other is a man hollow as dust. 3830
  • آن یکی مردیست قوتش جمله درد  ** این دگر مردی میان‌تی هم‌چو گرد 
  • How an informer described a girl and exhibited the picture of her on paper, and how the Caliph of Egypt fell in love with it and sent an Amír with a mighty army to the gates of Mawsil (Mosul) and made great slaughter and devastation for the purpose (of obtaining the girl).
  • صفت کردن مرد غماز و نمودن صورت کنیزک مصور در کاغذ و عاشق شدن خلیفه‌ی مصر بر آن صورت و فرستادن خلیفه امیری را با سپاه گران بدر موصل و قتل و ویرانی بسیار کردن بهر این غرض 
  • An informer said to the Caliph of Egypt, “The King of Mawsil is wedded to a houri.
  • مر خلیفه‌ی مصر را غماز گفت  ** که شه موصل به حوری گشت جفت 
  • He holds in his arms a girl like whom there is no (other) beauty in the world.
  • یک کنیزک دارد او اندر کنار  ** که به عالم نیست مانندش نگار 
  • She does not admit of description, for her loveliness is beyond (all) limits: here is her portrait on paper.”
  • در بیان ناید که حسنش بی‌حدست  ** نقش او اینست که اندر کاغذست 
  • When the Emperor saw the portrait on the paper, he became distraught and the cup dropped from his hand.
  • نقش در کاغذ چو دید آن کیقباد  ** خیره گشت و جام از دستش فتاد 
  • Immediately he despatched to Mawsil a captain with a very mighty army, 3835
  • پهلوانی را فرستاد آن زمان  ** سوی موصل با سپاه بس گران 
  • Saying, “If he will not give up that moon (beauty) to thee, rase his court and palace to the ground;
  • که اگر ندهد به تو آن ماه را  ** برکن از بن آن در و درگاه را 
  • But if he give her up, leave him alone and bring the moon (hither), that on the earth I may embrace the moon.”
  • ور دهد ترکش کن و مه را بیار  ** تا کشم من بر زمین مه در کنار 
  • The captain set out towards Mawsil with his retinue and with thousands of heroes and drums and banners.
  • پهلوان شد سوی موصل با حشم  ** با هزاران رستم و طبل و علم 
  • (With an army) like innumerable locusts (gathered) round the crops, he resolved to destroy the inhabitants of the city.
  • چون ملخها بی‌عدد بر گرد کشت  ** قاصد اهلاک اهل شهر گشت 
  • On every side he brought into hostile action a mangonel (ballista) like Mount Qáf. 3840
  • هر نواحی منجنیقی از نبرد  ** هم‌چو کوه قاف او بر کار کرد 
  • Wounds (were inflicted) by arrows and by stones from the mangonel; swords (flashed) amidst the dust, like lightning from a lightning-cloud.
  • زخم تیر و سنگهای منجنیق  ** تیغها در گرد چون برق از بریق 
  • During a (whole) week he wrought such carnage in hot fight: stone towers became unsteady as soft wax.
  • هفته‌ای کرد این چنین خون‌ریز گرم  ** برج سنگین سست شد چون موم نرم 
  • The King of Mawsil saw the terrible combat: then (at last) he sent an envoy from within (the city) to him (the captain),
  • شاه موصل دید پیگار مهول  ** پس فرستاد از درون پیشش رسول 
  • To say, “What do you wish (to obtain) by shedding the blood of true believers? They are being killed in this grievous war.
  • که چه می‌خواهی ز خون ممنان  ** کشته می‌گردند زین حرب گران 
  • If your object is to gain possession of the city of Mawsil, look now, it is achieved without (any more) bloodshed like this. 3845
  • گر مرادت ملک شهر موصلست  ** بی‌چنین خون‌ریز اینت حاصلست 
  • I will go forth from the city: here it is for you, enter in, lest the blood of the oppressed lay hold of you (and demand vengeance);
  • من روم بیرون شهر اینک در آ  ** تا نگیرد خون مظلومان ترا 
  • And if your object is riches and gold and jewels, this is even more easy than to take possession of the city.”
  • ور مرادت مال و زر و گوهرست  ** این ز ملک شهر خود آسان‌ترست 
  • How the lord of Mawsil surrendered the girl to the Caliph in order that there might be no more shedding of Moslem blood.
  • ایثار کردن صاحب موصل آن کنیزک را بدین خلیفه تا خون‌ریز مسلمانان بیشتر نشود 
  • When the envoy came to the captain, he (the captain) gave him the paper on which the features (of the girl) were depicted,
  • چون رسول آمد به پیش پهلوان  ** داد کاغذ اندرو نقش و نشان 
  • (Saying), “Look on the paper: this (is what) I require. Hark, give (her up), or else (I will take her by force, for) I am the conqueror.”
  • بنگر اندر کاغذ این را طالبم  ** هین بده ورنه کنون من غالبم 
  • On the return of the envoy, that manly King said, “Take no account of a (mere) form, lead her away at once. 3850
  • چون رسول آمد بگفت آن شاه نر  ** صورتی کم گیر زود این را ببر 
  • I am not an idolater in the epoch of the true Faith: ’tis more fit that the idol should be in the hands of the idolater.”
  • من نیم در عهد ایمان بت‌پرست  ** بت بر آن بت‌پرست اولیترست 
  • When the envoy brought her (to him), the captain straightway fell in love with her beauty.
  • چونک آوردش رسول آن پهلوان  ** گشت عاشق بر جمالش آن زمان 
  • Love is an (infinite) ocean, on which the heavens are (but) a flake of foam: (they are distraught) like Zalíkhá in desire for a Joseph.
  • عشق بحری آسمان بر وی کفی  ** چون زلیخا در هوای یوسفی 
  • Know that the wheeling heavens are turned by waves of Love: were it not for Love, the world would be frozen (inanimate).
  • دور گردونها ز موج عشق دان  ** گر نبودی عشق بفسردی جهان 
  • How would an inorganic thing disappear (by change) into a plant? How would vegetive things sacrifice themselves to become (endowed with) spirit? 3855
  • کی جمادی محو گشتی در نبات  ** کی فدای روح گشتی نامیات 
  • How would the spirit sacrifice itself for the sake of that Breath by the waft whereof a Mary was made pregnant?
  • روح کی گشتی فدای آن دمی  ** کز نسیمش حامله شد مریمی 
  • Each one (of them) would be (as) stiff and immovable as ice: how should they be flying and seeking like locusts?
  • هر یکی بر جا ترنجیدی چو یخ  ** کی بدی پران و جویان چون ملخ 
  • Every mote is in love with that Perfection and hastening upward like a sapling.
  • ذره ذره عاشقان آن کمال  ** می‌شتابد در علو هم‌چون نهال 
  • Their haste is (saying implicitly) “Glory to God!” They are purifying the body for the sake of the spirit.
  • سبح لله هست اشتابشان  ** تنقیه‌ی تن می‌کنند از بهر جان 
  • The captain deemed (what was really) a pit to be like a (safe) road: to him the sterile soil appeared goodly, (so) he sowed seed (in it). 3860
  • پهلوان چه را چو ره پنداشته  ** شوره‌اش خوش آمده حب کاشته 
  • Dormiens cum simulacrum (amatae) in somnio videret, cum eo coivit et aqua (seminis) effusa est. [When the sleeper saw an image (of her) in a dream, he coupled with it and (seminal) fluid flowed from him.]
  • چون خیالی دید آن خفته به خواب  ** جفت شد با آن و از وی رفت آب 
  • Postquam somnium abscessit et ipse extemplo experrectus est, sensit illam pupam sibi jam vigilanti coram non adesse. [When the dream departed and he woke up at once, he saw that that doll was not (present) in wakefulness.]
  • چون برفت آن خواب و شد بیدار زود  ** دید که آن لعبت به بیداری نبود 
  • Dixit: “Eheu, aquam meam nihilo ingessi; eheu, dolosi illius (simulacri) dolum expertus sum.” [He said: “Alas! I have borne my fluid (sperm) for nothing. Alas! I have swallowed the coquetry of that artful schemer (image).]
  • گفت بر هیچ آب خود بردم دریغ  ** عشوه‌ی آن عشوه‌ده خوردم دریغ