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1672-1721

  • And said, ‘O story-teller, in your city who is the greatest expert in this (kind of) deceit and fraud?’
  • گفت ای قصاص در شهر شما  ** کیست استاتر درین مکر و دغا 
  • [How the Turk boasted and wagered that the tailor would not be able to steal anything from him.]
  • دعوی کردن ترک و گرو بستن او کی درزی از من چیزی نتواند بردن 
  • He replied, ‘There is a tailor named Púr-i Shush who beats (all other) folk in light-fingeredness and thievery.’
  • گفت خیاطیست نامش پور شش  ** اندرین چستی و دزدی خلق‌کش 
  • ‘I warrant,’ said he (the Turk), ‘that (even) with a hundred efforts he will not be able to take away a coil of thread in my presence.’
  • گفت من ضامن که با صد اضطراب  ** او نیارد برد پیشم رشته‌تاب 
  • Then they told him, ‘Cleverer persons than you have been checkmated by him: do not soar (too high) in your pretensions. 1675
  • پس بگفتندش که از تو چست‌تر  ** مات او گشتند در دعوی مپر 
  • Go to, be not so deluded by your intelligence, else you will be lost in his wiles.’
  • رو به عقل خود چنین غره مباش  ** که شوی یاوه تو در تزویرهاش 
  • The Turk became (still) hotter and made a wager there (and then) that he (the tailor) would not be able to rob (him of anything) either old or new.
  • گرم‌تر شد ترک و بست آنجا گرو  ** که نیارد برد نی کهنه نی نو 
  • Those who excited his desire made him hotter (than before): immediately he wagered and declared the stakes,
  • مطمعانش گرم‌تر کردند زود  ** او گرو بست و رهان را بر گشود 
  • Saying, ‘I will pay this Arab horse of mine as a forfeit if he artfully steals my stuff;
  • که گرو این مرکب تازی من  ** بدهم ار دزدد قماشم او به فن 
  • And if he cannot rob (me) I shall receive a horse from you (as an equivalent) for the first stake.’ 1680
  • ور نتواند برد اسپی از شما  ** وا ستانم بهر رهن مبتدا 
  • Because of his anxiety sleep did not overcome the Turk (all) that night: he was fighting with the phantom of the thief.
  • ترک را آن شب نبرد از غصه خواب  ** با خیال دزد می‌کرد او حراب 
  • In the morning he put a piece of satin under his arm, went to the bazaar, and (entered) the shop of that cunning rogue.
  • بامدادان اطلسی زد در بغل  ** شد به بازار و دکان آن دغل 
  • Then he saluted him warmly, and the master(-tailor) sprang up from his seat and opened his lips to bid him welcome.
  • پس سلامش کرد گرم و اوستاد  ** جست از جا لب به ترحیبش گشاد 
  • He inquired (after his health, etc.) with a cordiality exceeding (what was due to) the Turk's (social) rank, so that he planted in his (the Turk's) heart (feelings of) affection for him.
  • گرم پرسیدش ز حد ترک بیش  ** تا فکند اندر دل او مهر خویش 
  • When he (the Turk) heard from him a song like the nightingale's, he threw down before him the piece of Stamboul satin, 1685
  • چون بدید از وی نوای بلبلی  ** پیشش افکند اطلس استنبلی 
  • Saying, ‘Cut this into a coat for the day of battle: (let it be) wide below my navel and tight above it—
  • که ببر این را قبای روز جنگ  ** زیر نافم واسع و بالاش تنگ 
  • Tight above, to show off my body (figure); wide below, so as not to hamper my legs.’
  • تنگ بالا بهر جسم‌آرای را  ** زیر واسع تا نگیرد پای را 
  • He replied, ‘O kindly man, I will do (you) a hundred services,’ and in (token of) accepting it (the commission) he laid his hand upon his eye.
  • گفت صد خدمت کنم ای ذو وداد  ** در قبولش دست بر دیده نهاد 
  • Then he measured (the satin) and inspected the working surface (of it) and, after that, opened his lips in idle chat.
  • پس بپیمود و بدید او روی کار  ** بعد از آن بگشاد لب را در فشار 
  • Of stories about other Amírs and of the bounties and gifts of those persons 1690
  • از حکایتهای میران دگر  ** وز کرمها و عطاء آن نفر 
  • And about the misers and their (mean) economies—(of all this) he gave a sample for the purpose of (exciting) laughter.
  • وز بخیلان و ز تحشیراتشان  ** از برای خنده هم داد او نشان 
  • In a flash he whipped out a pair of scissors and went on cutting while his lips were full of tales and beguiling talk.
  • هم‌چو آتش کرد مقراضی برون  ** می‌برید و لب پر افسانه و فسون 
  • How the tailor told laughable jests, and how the narrow eyes of the Turk were closed by the violence of his laughter, and how the tailor found an opportunity (to steal).
  • مضاحک گفتن درزی و ترک را از قوت خنده بسته شدن دو چشم تنگ او و فرصت یافتن درزی 
  • The Turk began to laugh at the stories, and at that moment his narrow eyes closed.
  • ترک خندیدن گرفت از داستان  ** چشم تنگش گشت بسته آن زمان 
  • He (the tailor) filched a shred (of satin) and put it under his thigh, (where it was) hidden from all living beings except God.
  • پاره‌ای دزدید و کردش زیر ران  ** از جز حق از همه احیا نهان 
  • God saw it, but He is disposed to cover up (sins); yet when you carry (them) beyond bounds He is a tell-tale. 1695
  • حق همی‌دید آن ولی ستارخوست  ** لیک چون از حد بری غماز اوست 
  • From his delight in his (the tailor's) anecdotes the Turk's former boast went out of his head.
  • ترک را از لذت افسانه‌اش  ** رفت از دل دعوی پیشانه‌اش 
  • What satin? What boast? What wager? The Turk is intoxicated with the jokes of the pasha.
  • اطلس چه دعوی چه رهن چه  ** ترک سرمستست در لاغ اچی 
  • The Turk implored him, crying, ‘For God's sake go on telling jokes, for they are meat to me.’
  • لابه کردش ترک کز بهر خدا  ** لاغ می‌گو که مرا شد مغتذا 
  • (Then) the rascal told such a ridiculous story that he (the Turk) fell on his back in an explosion of laughter.
  • گفت لاغی خندمینی آن دغا  ** که فتاد از قهقهه او بر قفا 
  • He (the tailor) swiftly clapped a shred of satin to the hem of his under-breeches, while the Turk was paying no attention and greedily sucking in (absorbing) the jests. 1700
  • پاره‌ای اطلس سبک بر نیفه زد  ** ترک غافل خوش مضاحک می‌مزد 
  • Still (continuing his entreaties), the Turk of Khitá said for the third time, ‘Tell me a joke for God's sake!’
  • هم‌چنین بار سوم ترک خطا  ** گفت لاغی گوی از بهر خدا 
  • He (the tailor) told a story more laughable than (those which he had related) on the two previous occasions, and made this Turk entirely his prey.
  • گفت لاغی خندمین‌تر زان دو بار  ** کرد او این ترک را کلی شکار 
  • His eyes shut, his reason flown, bewildered, the boastful Turk was intoxicated with guffaws.
  • چشم بسته عقل جسته مولهه  ** مست ترک مدعی از قهقهه 
  • Then for the third time he (the tailor) filched a strip from the coat (which he was cutting), since the Turk's laughter gave him ample scope (for his dexterity).
  • پس سوم بار از قبا دزدید شاخ  ** که ز خنده‌ش یافت میدان فراخ 
  • When for the fourth time the Turk of Khitá was demanding a jest from the master(-tailor), 1705
  • چون چهارم بار آن ترک خطا  ** لاغ از آن استا همی‌کرد اقتضا 
  • The master took pity on him and put aside (abandoned) artfulness and injustice.
  • رحم آمد بر وی آن استاد را  ** کرد در باقی فن و بیداد را 
  • He said (to himself), ‘This infatuated man has a great desire for these (facetious tales), not knowing what a loss and swindle they are (for him).’
  • گفت مولع گشت این مفتون درین  ** بی‌خبر کین چه خسارست و غبین 
  • (Nevertheless) he (the Turk) showered kisses on (the face and eyes of) the master, crying, ‘For God's sake tell me a story!’
  • بوسه‌افشان کرد بر استاد او  ** که بمن بهر خدا افسانه گو 
  • O thou who hast become a story and (art) dead to (useful) existence, how long wilt thou wish to make trial of stories?
  • ای فسانه گشته و محو از وجود  ** چند افسانه بخواهی آزمود 
  • No story is more laughable than thou (thyself): stand (and meditate) on the edge of thine own ruinous grave! 1710
  • خندمین‌تر از تو هیچ افسانه نیست  ** بر لب گور خراب خویش ایست 
  • O thou who hast gone down into the grave of ignorance and doubt, how long wilt thou seek (to hear) the jests and tales of Time?
  • ای فرو رفته به گور جهل و شک  ** چند جویی لاغ و دستان فلک 
  • How long wilt thou listen to the blandishments of this world that leave neither thy mind underanged nor thy spirit?
  • تا بکی نوشی تو عشوه‌ی این جهان  ** که نه عقلت ماند بر قانون نه جان 
  • The jests of Time, this mean and petty boon-companion, have robbed of honour a hundred thousand like thee.
  • لاغ این چرخ ندیم کرد و مرد  ** آب روی صد هزاران چون تو برد 
  • This Universal Tailor is ever tearing and stitching the garments of a hundred travellers silly as children.
  • می‌درد می‌دوزد این درزی عام  ** جامه‌ی صدسالگان طفل خام 
  • If his jests conferred a gift on the orchards (in spring), when December came they (his jests) gave that gift to the winds. 1715
  • لاغ او گر باغها را داد داد  ** چون دی آمد داده را بر باد داد 
  • The old children sit down beside him to beg that he will jest (and amuse them) by (giving them) fortunes good or bad.
  • پیره‌طفلان شسته پیشش بهر کد  ** تا به سعد و نحس او لاغی کند 
  • How the tailor said to the Turk, “Hey, hold your tongue: if I tell any more funny stories the coat will be (too) tight for you.”
  • گفتن درزی ترک را هی خاموش کی اگر مضاحک دگر گویم قبات تنگ آید 
  • The tailor said, ‘Begone, unmanly fellow! Woe to you if I make another jest;
  • گفت درزی ای طواشی بر گذر  ** وای بر تو گر کنم لاغی دگر 
  • (For) then, after that, the coat will be (too) tight for you: does any one practice this (fraud) on himself?
  • پس قبایت تنگ آید باز پس  ** این کند با خویشتن خود هیچ کس 
  • What laughter (is this)? If you had an inkling (of the truth), instead of laughing you would weep (tears of) blood.’
  • خنده‌ی چه رمزی ار دانستیی  ** تو به جای خنده خون بگرستیی 
  • Explaining that the idle folk who wish (to hear) stories are like the Turk, and that the deluding and treacherous World is like the tailor, and that lusts and women are (like) this World's telling laughable jokes, and that Life resembles the piece of satin placed before this Tailor to be made into a coat of eternity and a garment of piety.
  • بیان آنک بی‌کاران و افسانه‌جویان مثل آن ترک‌اند و عالم غرار غدار هم‌چو آن درزی و شهوات و زبان مضاحک گفتن این دنیاست و عمر هم‌چون آن اطلس پیش این درزی جهت قبای بقا و لباس تقوی ساختن 
  • The Tailor, (who is) Worldly Vanity, takes away the satin of your life, bit by bit, with his scissors, (which are) the months. 1720
  • اطلس عمرت به مقراض شهور  ** برد پاره‌پاره خیاط غرور 
  • You wish that your star might always jest and your happiness continue for ever.
  • تو تمنا می‌بری که اختر مدام  ** لاغ کردی سعد بودی بر دوام