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1720-1769

  • 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 
  • You are very angry with its quartile aspects and its disdain and enmity and mischiefs;
  • سخت می‌تولی ز تربیعات او  ** وز دلال و کینه و آفات او 
  • You are very annoyed with its silence and inauspiciousness and severity and its endeavour to show hostility,
  • سخت می‌رنجی ز خاموشی او  ** وز نحوس و قبض و کین‌کوشی او 
  • Saying, ‘Why doesn't the merry Venus dance?’ Do not depend on its good luck and auspicious dance.
  • که چرا زهره‌ی طرب در رقص نیست  ** بر سعود و رقص سعد او مه‌ایست 
  • Your star says, ‘If I jest any more, I shall cause you to be swindled entirely.’ 1725
  • اخترت گوید که گر افزون کنم  ** لاغ را پس کلیت مغبون کنم 
  • Do not regard the counterfeiting of these stars: regard your love for the counterfeiter, O despicable man.
  • تو مبین قلابی این اختران  ** عشق خود بر قلب‌زن بین ای مهان 
  • Parable.
  • مثل 
  • A certain man was on the way to his shop (when) he found the road in front of him barred by women.
  • آن یکی می‌شد به ره سوی دکان  ** پیش ره را بسته دید او از زنان 
  • He was hurrying along hot-foot, and the way was blocked by a crowd of women (beautiful) as the moon.
  • پای او می‌سوخت از تعجیل و راه  ** بسته از جوق زنان هم‌چو ماه 
  • He turned his face to one woman and said, ‘O vile (creature), how numerous you are, little girls, eh!’
  • رو به یک زن کرد و گفت ای مستهان  ** هی چه بسیارید ای دخترچگان 
  • The woman turned towards him and replied, ‘O man of trust, do not think it dreadful that there are so many of us. 1730
  • رو بدو کرد آن زن و گفت ای امین  ** هیچ بسیاری ما منکر مبین 
  • Consider that notwithstanding the multitude of us on the earth you (men) find it insufficient for your enjoyment.
  • بین که با بسیاری ما بر بساط  ** تنگ می‌آید شما را انبساط 
  • Propter paucitatem feminarum inciditis in paedicationem: infamissini in mundo sunt agens et patiens.’ [Because of the scarcity of women, you engage in sodomy: (both) active and passive (homosexuals) are the shame of the world.]
  • در لواطه می‌فتید از قحط زن  ** فاعل و مفعول رسوای زمن 
  • (O Súfí), do not regard these happenings of Time which (proceed) from heaven (and) come to pass intolerably here.
  • تو مبین این واقعات روزگار  ** کز فلک می‌گردد اینجا ناگوار 
  • Do not regard the (anxious) husbanding of (one's) daily bread and livelihood and this dearth (of food) and fear and trembling,
  • تو مبین تحشیر روزی و معاش  ** تو مبین این قحط و خوف و ارتعاش 
  • (But) consider that in spite of all its (the World's) bitternesses ye are mortally enamoured of it and recklessly devoted to it. 1735
  • بین که با این جمله تلخیهای او  ** مرده‌ی اویید و ناپروای او 
  • Deem bitter tribulation to be a (Divine) mercy, deem the kingdom of Mervand Balkh to be a (Divine) vengeance.
  • رحمتی دان امتحان تلخ را  ** نقمتی دان ملک مرو و بلخ را 
  • That Ibráhím fled not from destruction and remained (safe), while this Ibráhím fled from (worldly) honour and rode away.
  • آن براهیم از تلف نگریخت و ماند  ** این براهیم از شرف بگریخت و راند 
  • That one is not burnt, and this one is burnt. Oh, wonderful! In the Way of search (for God) everything is upside down.”
  • آن نسوزد وین بسوزد ای عجب  ** نعل معکوس است در راه طلب 
  • How the Súfí repeated his questions.
  • باز مکرر کردن صوفی سال را 
  • The Súfí said, “He (God) whose help is invoked hath the power to make our trading free from loss.
  • گفت صوفی قادرست آن مستعان  ** که کند سودای ما را بی زیان 
  • He who turns the fire (of Nimrod) into roses and trees is also able to make this (World-fire) harmless. 1740
  • آنک آتش را کند ورد و شجر  ** هم تواند کرد این را بی‌ضرر 
  • He who brings forth roses from the very midst of thorns is also able to turn this winter into spring.
  • آنک گل آرد برون از عین خار  ** هم تواند کرد این دی را بهار 
  • He by whom every cypress is made ‘free’ (evergreen) hath the power if He would turn sorrow into joy.
  • آنک زو هر سرو آزادی کند  ** قادرست ار غصه را شادی کند 
  • He by whom every non-existence is made existent—what damage would He suffer if He were to preserve it for ever?
  • آنک شد موجود از وی هر عدم  ** گر بدارد باقیش او را چه کم 
  • He who gives the body a soul that it may live—how would He be a loser if He did not cause it to die?
  • آنک تن را جان دهد تا حی شود  ** گر نمیراند زیانش کی شود 
  • What, indeed, would it matter if that Bounteous One should bestow on His servant the desire of his soul without (painful) toil, 1745
  • خود چه باشد گر ببخشد آن جواد  ** بنده را مقصود جان بی‌اجتهاد 
  • And keep far off from poor (mortals) the cunning of the flesh and the temptation of the Devil (which lurk) in ambush?”
  • دور دارد از ضعیفان در کمین  ** مکر نفس و فتنه‌ی دیو لعین 
  • The Cadi's reply to the Súfí.
  • جواب دادن قاضی صوفی را 
  • The Cadi said, “Were there no bitter (stern) Commandment (from God) and were there no good and evil and no pebbles and pearls,
  • گفت قاضی گر نبودی امر مر  ** ور نبودی خوب و زشت و سنگ و در 
  • And were there no flesh and Devil and passions, and were there no blows and battle and war,
  • ور نبودی نفس و شیطان و هوا  ** ور نبودی زخم و چالیش و وغا 
  • Then by what name and title would the King call His servants, O abandoned man?
  • پس به چه نام و لقب خواندی ملک  ** بندگان خویش را ای منهتک 
  • How could He say, ‘O steadfast one’ and ‘O forbearing one’? How could He say, ‘O brave one’ and ‘O wise one’? 1750
  • چون بگفتی ای صبور و ای حلیم  ** چون بگفتی ای شجاع و ای حکیم 
  • How could there be steadfast and sincere and spending men without a brigand and accursed Devil?
  • صابرین و صادقین و منفقین  ** چون بدی بی ره‌زن و دیو لعین 
  • Rustam and Hamza and a catamite would be (all) one; knowledge and wisdom would be annulled and utterly demolished.
  • رستم و حمزه و مخنث یک بدی  ** علم و حکمت باطل و مندک بدی 
  • Knowledge and wisdom exist for the purpose of (distinguishing between) the right path and the wrong paths: when all (paths) are the right path, knowledge and wisdom are void (of meaning).
  • علم و حکمت بهر راه و بی‌رهیست  ** چون همه ره باشد آن حکمت تهیست 
  • Do you think it allowable that both the worlds should be ruined for the sake of this briny (foul) shop of the (sensual) nature?
  • بهر این دکان طبع شوره‌آب  ** هر دو عالم را روا داری خراب 
  • I know that you are pure (enlightened), not raw (foolish), and that these questions of yours are (asked) for the sake of (instructing) the vulgar. 1755
  • من همی‌دانم که تو پاکی نه خام  ** وین سالت هست از بهر عوام 
  • The cruelty of Time (Fortune) and every affliction that exists are lighter than farness from God and forgetfulness (of Him),
  • جور دوران و هر آن رنجی که هست  ** سهل‌تر از بعد حق و غفلتست 
  • Because these (afflictions) will pass, (but) that (forgetfulness) will not. (Only) he that brings his spirit (to God) awake (and mindful of Him) is possessed of felicity.”
  • زآنک اینها بگذرند آن نگذرد  ** دولت آن دارد که جان آگه برد 
  • A Story setting forth that patience in bearing worldly affliction is easier than patience in bearing separation from the Beloved.
  • حکایت در تقریر آنک صبر در رنج کار سهل‌تر از صبر در فراق یار بود 
  • A certain woman said to her husband, “Hey, O you who have finished with generosity once and for all,
  • آن یکی زن شوی خود را گفت هی  ** ای مروت را به یک ره کرده طی 
  • Why have you no care for me? How long shall I dwell in this abode of misery?”
  • هیچ تیمارم نمی‌داری چرا  ** تا بکی باشم درین خواری چرا 
  • The husband replied, “I am doing my best to earn money; though I am destitute, I am moving hand and foot. 1760
  • گفت شو من نفقه چاره می‌کنم  ** گرچه عورم دست و پایی می‌زنم 
  • O beloved, it is my duty (to provide you with) money and clothes: you get both these from me and they are not insufficient.”
  • نفقه و کسوه‌ست واجب ای صنم  ** از منت این هر دو هست و نیست کم 
  • The wife showed (him) the sleeve of her chemise: the chemise was very coarse and dirty.
  • آستین پیرهن بنمود زن  ** بس درشت و پر وسخ بد پیرهن 
  • “It is so rough,” said she, “it eats (wounds) my body: does any one get a garment of this kind for any one?”
  • گفت از سختی تنم را می‌خورد  ** کس کسی را کسوه زین سان آورد 
  • He said, “O wife, I will ask you one question. I am a poor man: this is all I know (how to do).
  • گفت ای زن یک سالت می‌کنم  ** مرد درویشم همین آمد فنم 
  • This (chemise) is rough and coarse and disagreeable, but think (well), O thoughtful (anxious) wife! 1765
  • این درشتست و غلیظ و ناپسند  ** لیک بندیش ای زن اندیشه‌مند 
  • Is this (chemise) rougher and nastier, or divorce? Is this (chemise) more odious to you, or separation?”
  • این درشت و زشت‌تر یا خود طلاق  ** این ترا مکروه‌تر یا خود فراق 
  • Even so, O Khwája who art reviling on account of affliction and poverty and distress and tribulations,
  • هم‌چنان ای خواجه‌ی تشنیع زن  ** از بلا و فقر و از رنج و محن 
  • No doubt this renunciation of sensuality gives bitter pain, but ’tis better than the bitterness of being far from God.
  • لا شک این ترک هوا تلخی‌دهست  ** لیک از تلخی بعد حق بهست 
  • If fighting (against the flesh) and fasting are hard and rough, yet these are better than being far from Him who inflicts tribulation.
  • گر جهاد و صوم سختست و خشن  ** لیک این بهتر ز بعد ممتحن