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1091-1140

  • Like the praise given to God by the simple shepherd in the presence of Moses the Kalím—
  • هم‌چو مدح مرد چوپان سلیم  ** مر خدا را پیش موسی کلیم 
  • ‘I will seek out Thy lice, I will give Thee milk, I will stitch Thy shoon and lay them before Thee.’
  • که بجویم اشپشت شیرت دهم  ** چارقت دوم من و پیشت نهم 
  • God accepted his vituperation as an expression of praise: if thou also have mercy, ’twill be no marvel.
  • قدح او را حق به مدحی برگرفت  ** گر تو هم رحمت کنی نبود شگفت 
  • Have mercy upon the failure of (our) minds (to comprehend thee), O thou who art beyond (all) understandings and conceptions.”
  • رحم فرما بر قصور فهمها  ** ای ورای عقلها و وهمها 
  • O lovers, new fortune has arrived from the old World that makes (all things) new, 1095
  • ایها العشاق اقبالی جدید  ** از جهان کهنه‌ی نوگر رسید 
  • From the World that is seeking a remedy for them that have no remedy: hundreds of thousands of wonders of the (present) world are (contained) in it.
  • زان جهان کو چاره‌ی بیچاره‌جوست  ** صد هزاران نادره دنیا دروست 
  • Rejoice, O people, since the relief has come; be glad, O people: the distress is removed.
  • ابشروا یا قوم اذ جاء الفرج  ** افرحوا یا قوم قد زال الحرج 
  • A Sun went into the hut of the new-moon, making urgent demands and saying, “Refresh us, O Bilál!
  • آفتابی رفت در کازه‌ی هلال  ** در تقاضا که ارحنا یا بلال 
  • From fear of the foe thou wert wont to speak under thy breath: (now), to his confusion, go up into the minaret and speak (aloud).”
  • زیر لب می‌گفتی از بیم عدو  ** کوری او بر مناره رو بگو 
  • The announcer of glad news is shouting in the ear of every sorrowful one, “Arise, O unlucky man, and take the road to fortune. 1100
  • می‌دمد در گوش هر غمگین بشیر  ** خیز ای مدبر ره اقبال گیر 
  • O thou that art in this prison and amidst this stench and these lice, beware lest any one hear! Thou hast escaped (from prison): be silent!”
  • ای درین حبس و درین گند و شپش  ** هین که تا کس نشنود رستی خمش 
  • How shouldst thou keep silence now, O my beloved, when a drummer has appeared from the root of every hair (in thy body)?
  • چون کنی خامش کنون ای یار من  ** کز بن هر مو بر آمد طبل‌زن 
  • The jealous foe has become so deaf (that) he says, “Where is the sound of all these drums?”
  • آن‌چنان کر شد عدو رشک‌خو  ** گوید این چندین دهل را بانگ کو 
  • The fresh sweet basil is touching his face, (but) in his blindness he says, “What is this annoyance?”
  • می‌زند بر روش ریحان که طریست  ** او ز کوری گوید این آسیب چیست 
  • The houri is nipping his hand and drawing (him towards her): the blind man is distraught and says, “Wherefore is he (some one) hurting me? 1105
  • می‌شکنجد حور دستش می‌کشد  ** کور حیران کز چه دردم می‌کند 
  • What is this (painful sense of) having my hand and body pulled hither and thither? I am asleep, let me sleep awhile.”
  • این کشاکش چیست بر دست و تنم  ** خفته‌ام بگذار تا خوابی کنم 
  • He whom thou seekest in thy slumbers, this is He! Open thine eye, (thou wilt see) ’tis that auspicious Moon.
  • آنک در خوابش همی‌جویی ویست  ** چشم بگشا کان مه نیکو پیست 
  • Tribulations were (laid) more (heavily) upon (His) dear ones because the Beloved showed more coquettishness towards the beauteous (lovers).
  • زان بلاها بر عزیزان بیش بود  ** کان تجمش یار با خوبان فزود 
  • He sports with the beauteous ones in every path; sometimes, too, he throws the blind into frenzy.
  • لاغ با خوبان کند بر هر رهی  ** نیز کوران را بشوراند گهی 
  • For a moment He gives Himself to the blind, so that a great uproar arises from the street of the blind. 1110
  • خویش را یک‌دم برین کوران دهد  ** تا غریو از کوی کوران بر جهد 
  • Story of Hilal, who was a devoted servant to God. (He was) possessed of spiritual insight and (in his religion) was not a mere imitator (of others). He had concealed himself in (the disguise of) being a slave to (God's) creatures, not from helplessness but for good reason, as Luqmán and Joseph and others (did, who were slaves) in appearance. He was a groom in the service of a certain Amír, and that Amír was a Moslem, but (spiritually) blind. “The blind man knows that he has a mother, but he cannot conceive what she is like.” If, having this knowledge, he show reverence towards his mother, it is possible that he may gain deliverance from blindness, for (the Prophet has said that) when God wills good unto a servant (of His) He opens the eyes of his heart, that He may let him see the Invisible (World) with them.
  • قصه‌ی هلال کی بنده‌ی مخلص بود خدای را صاحب بصیرت بی‌تقلید پنهان شده در بندگی مخلوقان جهت مصلحت نه از عجز چنانک لقمان و یوسف از روی ظاهر و غیر ایشان بنده‌ی سایس بود امیری را و آن امیر مسلمان بود اما چشم بسته داند اعمی که مادری دارد لیک چونی بوهم در نارد اگر با این دانش تعظیم این مادر کند ممکن بود کی از عمی خلاص یابد کی اذا اراد الله به عبد خیرا فتح عینی قلبه لیبصره بهما الغیب این راه ز زندگی دل حاصل کن کین زندگی تن صفت حیوانست 
  • Since you have heard some of the (excellent) qualities of Bilál, now hear the story of the emaciation of Hilál.
  • چون شنیدی بعضی اوصاف بلال  ** بشنو اکنون قصه‌ی ضعف هلال 
  • He was more advanced than Bilál in the Way (to God): he had mortified his evil nature more.
  • از بلال او بیش بود اندر روش  ** خوی بد را بیش کرده بد کشش 
  • (He was) not a backslider like you, for at every moment you are farther back: you are moving away from the state of the (precious) pearl towards the state of the (worthless) stone.
  • نه چو تو پس‌رو که هر دم پس‌تری  ** سوی سنگی می‌روی از گوهری 
  • ’Tis like the case of the guest who came to a certain Khwája: the Khwája inquired concerning his days and years.
  • آن‌چنان کان خواجه را مهمان رسید  ** خواجه از ایام و سالش بر رسید 
  • He asked, “How many years hast thou lived, my lad? Say (it) out and don't hide (it) away but count up (correctly).” 1115
  • گفت عمرت چند سالست ای پسر  ** بازگو و در مدزد و بر شمر 
  • He replied, “Eighteen, seventeen, or sixteen, or fifteen, O adoptive brother.”
  • گفت هجده هفده یا خود شانزده  ** یا که پانزده ای برادرخوانده 
  • “(Go) backward, backward,” said he, “O giddy-headed one”; “keep going back usque ad cunnum matris tuae!” [“(Go) backward, backward,” said he, “O giddy-headed one”; “keep going back until (you return to) your mother’s vagina!”]
  • گفت واپس واپس ای خیره سرت  ** باز می‌رو تا بکس مادرت 
  • Story in exposition of the same topic.
  • حکایت در تقریر همین سخن 
  • A certain man begged an Amír to give him a horse: he said, “Go and take that grey horse.”
  • آن یکی اسپی طلب کرد از امیر  ** گفت رو آن اسپ اشهب را بگیر 
  • He replied, “I don't want that one.” “Why not?” he asked. “It goes backward and is very restive,” said he;
  • گفت آن را من نخواهم گفت چون  ** گفت او واپس‌روست و بس حرون 
  • “It goes back, back very hard in the direction of its rump.” He replied, “Turn its tail towards home!” 1120
  • سخت پس پس می‌رود او سوی بن  ** گفت دمش را به سوی خانه کن 
  • The tail of this beast you are riding, (namely), your carnal soul, is lust; hence that self-worshipper goes back, back.
  • دم این استور نفست شهوتست  ** زین سبب پس پس رود آن خودپرست 
  • O changer, make its (carnal) lust, which is the tail, to be entirely lust for the world hereafter.
  • شهوت او را که دم آمد ز بن  ** ای مبدل شهوت عقبیش کن 
  • When you bind its lust (and debar it) from the loaf, that lust puts forth its head from (is transformed into) noble reason.
  • چون ببندی شهوتش را از رغیف  ** سر کند آن شهوت از عقل شریف 
  • As, when you lop off a (superfluous) branch from a tree, vigour is imparted to the well-conditioned branches.
  • هم‌چو شاخی که ببری از درخت  ** سر کند قوت ز شاخ نیک‌بخت 
  • When you have turned its (the carnal steed's) tail in that direction, if it goes backward, it goes to the place of shelter. 1125
  • چونک کردی دم او را آن طرف  ** گر رود پس پس رود تا مکتنف 
  • How excellent are the docile horses which go forward, not backward, and are not given over to restiveness,
  • حبذا اسپان رام پیش‌رو  ** نه سپس‌رو نه حرونی را گرو 
  • Going hot-foot, like the body of Moses the Kalím, to which (the distance) to the two seas (was) as the breadth of a blanket!
  • گرم‌رو چون جسم موسی کلیم  ** تا به بحرینش چو پهنای گلیم 
  • Seven hundred years is the duration of the journey on which he set out in the path of Love, (the journey that lasted) for an age.
  • هست هفصدساله راه آن حقب  ** که بکرد او عزم در سیران حب 
  • Since the aspiration (that carried him) on his journey in the body is (as immense as) this, his journey in the spirit must be (even) unto the highestParadise.
  • همت سیر تنش چون این بود  ** سیر جانش تا به علیین بود 
  • The kingly cavaliers sped forward in advance (of all); the boobies unloaded (their beasts of burden) in the stable-yard. 1130
  • شهسواران در سباقت تاختند  ** خربطان در پایگه انداختند 
  • Parable.
  • مثل 
  • ’Tis like (the tale of) the caravaneers (who) arrived and entered a village and found a certain door open.
  • آن‌چنان که کاروانی می‌رسید  ** در دهی آمد دری را باز دید 
  • One (of them) said, “During this spell of cold weather let us unload (alight) here for a few days.”
  • آن یکی گفت اندرین برد العجوز  ** تا بیندازیم اینجا چند روز 
  • A voice cried, “Nay, unload outside, and then come indoors!”
  • بانگ آمد نه بینداز از برون  ** وانگهانی اندر آ تو اندرون 
  • Drop outside everything that ought to be dropped: do not come in with it, for this assembly-place is of high dignity.”
  • هم برون افکن هر آنچ افکندنیست  ** در میا با آن کای ن مجلس سنیست 
  • Hilál was a spiritual adept and a man of illumined soul, (though he was) the groom and slave of a Moslem Amír. 1135
  • بد هلال استاددل جان‌روشنی  ** سایس و بنده‌ی امیری ممنی 
  • The youth served as a groom in the stable, but (he was really) a king of kings and a slave (only) in name.
  • سایسی کردی در آخر آن غلام  ** لیک سلطان سلاطین بنده نام 
  • The Amír was ignorant of his slave's (real) condition, for he had no discernment but of the sort possessed by Iblís.
  • آن امیر از حال بنده بی‌خبر  ** که نبودش جز بلیسانه نظر 
  • He saw the clay, but not the treasure (buried) in it: he saw the five (senses) and the six (directions), but not the source of the five.
  • آب و گل می‌دید و در وی گنج نه  ** پنج و شش می‌دید و اصل پنج نه 
  • The colour of clay is manifest, the light of religion is hidden: such was (the case of) every prophet in the world.
  • رنگ طین پیدا و نور دین نهان  ** هر پیمبر این چنین بد در جهان 
  • One (person) saw the minaret, but not the bird (perched) upon it, (though) upon the minaret (was) a fully accomplished royal falcon; 1140
  • آن مناره دید و در وی مرغ نی  ** بر مناره شاه‌بازی پر فنی