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  • He said, “My food (fortune) depended on (my suffering) these blows: the Water of life was in my shop (all the time). 4325
  • گفت بد موقوف این لت لوت من  ** آب حیوان بود در حانوت من 
  • Begone, for I have met with a great piece of fortune, to confound the idea that I was destitute.
  • رو که بر لوت شگرفی بر زدم  ** کوری آن وهم که مفلس بدم 
  • Deem me foolish or contemptible as you please: it (the treasure) is mine, say what you like.
  • خواه احمق‌دان مرا خواهی فرو  ** آن من شد هرچه می‌خواهی بگو 
  • Beyond doubt I have seen my wish (fulfilled): call me anything you please, O foul-mouthed one!
  • من مراد خویش دیدم بی‌گمان  ** هرچه خواهی گو مرا ای بددهان 
  • Call me sorrowful, O respected sir: in your view I am sorrowful, but in my view I am happy.
  • تو مرا پر درد گو ای محتشم  ** پیش تو پر درد و پیش خود خوشم 
  • Alas, if the case had been reversed (and if I had been like) a rose-garden in your view and miserable in my own!” 4330
  • وای اگر بر عکس بودی این مطار  ** پیش تو گلزار و پیش خویش راز 
  • Parable.
  • مثل 
  • One day a base fellow said to a dervish, “Thou art unknown to any one here.”
  • گفت با درویش روزی یک خسی  ** که ترا این‌جا نمی‌داند کسی 
  • He replied, “If the vulgar do not know me, I know very well who I am.
  • گفت او گر می‌نداند عامیم  ** خویش را من نیک می‌دانم کیم 
  • Alas, if the pain and sore (the spiritual malady) had been reversed (bestowed contrariwise) and he (the vulgar man) had seen me (as I really am), while I was blind to myself!”
  • وای اگر بر عکس بودی درد و ریش  ** او بدی بینای من من کور خویش 
  • (The treasure-seeker said), “Suppose I am a fool, I am a lucky fool: luck is better than perversity and a hard (impudent) face.
  • احمقم گیر احمقم من نیک‌بخت  ** بخت بهتر از لجاج و روی سخت 
  • These words (of yours) express (only) your (false) opinion; for my luck at the same time endows me with all that belongs to (perfect) intelligence.” 4335
  • این سخن بر وفق ظنت می‌جهد  ** ورنه بختم داد عقلم هم دهد 
  • How that person returned (to Baghdád) rejoicing and successful and giving thanks to God and prostrating himself (in prayer) and amazed at the wondrous indications vouchsafed (to him) by God and the coming to light of the interpretations thereof in a way that no mind and understanding can conceive.
  • بازگشتن آن شخص شادمان و مراد یافته و خدای را شکر گویان و سجده کنان و حیران در غرایب اشارات حق و ظهور تاویلات آن در وجهی کی هیچ عقلی و فهمی بدانجا نرسد 
  • He returned from Cairo to Baghdád, prostrating himself and bowing (in prayer) and giving praise and thanks (to God).
  • باز گشت از مصر تا بغداد او  ** ساجد و راکع ثناگر شکرگو 
  • All the way he was bewildered and intoxicated by this marvel, (namely), by the complete change (which had taken place) as regards his daily bread (the treasure) and the method of seeking (it),
  • جمله ره حیران و مست او زین عجب  ** ز انعکاس روزی و راه طلب 
  • Saying (to himself), “Whence did He make me hopeful and whence did He shower money and profit upon me!
  • کر کجا اومیدوارم کرده بود  ** وز کجا افشاند بر من سیم و سود 
  • What wisdom was this, that I placed my object of desire outside of my home (and went forth) gladly on a fool's errand,
  • این چه حکمت بود که قبله‌ی مراد  ** کردم از خانه برون گمراه و شاد 
  • So that I was hastening to lose the way and at every moment was being farther removed from that which I sought— 4340
  • تا شتابان در ضلالت می‌شدم  ** هر دم از مطلب جداتر می‌بدم 
  • And then God in His munificence made that very aberration the means of (my) reaching the right road and gaining wealth!”
  • باز آن عین ضلالت را به جود  ** حق وسیلت کرد اندر رشد و سود 
  • He maketh losing the way an avenue to (true) faith; He maketh going wrong a field for the harvest of righteousness,
  • گمرهی را منهج ایمان کند  ** کژروی را محصد احسان کند 
  • To the end that no righteous man may be without fear, and that no traitor (sinner) may be without hope.
  • تا نباشد هیچ محسن بی‌وجا  ** تا نباشد هیچ خاین بی‌رجا 
  • The Gracious One hath put an antidote in the poison in order that they may say He is the Lord of hidden grace.
  • اندرون زهر تریاق آن حفی  ** کرد تا گویند ذواللطف الخفی 
  • That (Divine) bounty is not mysterious in (the case of) piety; (but) the (Divine) Forgiveness bestows a robe of honour (even) in (the case of) sin. 4345
  • نیست مخفی در نماز آن مکرمت  ** در گنه خلعت نهد آن مغفرت 
  • The unbelievers sought to abase those (the prophets) who were worthy of trust: (that) abasement became exaltation and (the cause of) miracles being displayed.
  • منکران را قصد اذلال ثقات  ** ذل شده عز و ظهور معجزات 
  • In their unbelief they attempted to abase the (true) religion: that very abasement was turned to glory for the prophets.
  • قصدشان ز انکار ذل دین بده  ** عین ذل عز رسولان آمده 
  • Unless every wicked man had shown unbelief, wherefore should evidentiary miracles have appeared?
  • گر نه انکار آمدی از هر بدی  ** معجزه و برهان چرا نازل شدی 
  • How should a judge require (a litigant to give) evidence until his disbelieving, opponent has demanded proof of his veracity?
  • خصم منکر تا نشد مصداق‌خواه  ** کی کند قاضی تقاضای گواه 
  • The miracle (performed by a prophet) is like an honest witness to the indubitable veracity of the claimant. 4350
  • معجزه هم‌چون گواه آمد زکی  ** بهر صدق مدعی در بی‌شکی 
  • Since they (the prophets) were being attacked by every ignoramus, God bestowed on them the gift of miracles and showed them favour.
  • طعن چون می‌آمد از هر ناشناخت  ** معجزه می‌داد حق و می‌نواخت 
  • The plots of Pharaoh were three-hundredfold: all (of them) became (the means to) his abasement and subjugation.
  • مکر آن فرعون سیصد تو بده  ** جمله ذل او و قمع او شده 
  • He brought magicians, good and bad, into his presence in order that he might invalidate the miracles of Moses,
  • ساحران آورده حاضر نیک و بد  ** تا که جرح معجزه‌ی موسی کند 
  • That he might nullify the rod (of Moses) and put it to shame and remove from (men's) hearts the respect (which they had) for it.
  • تا عصا را باطل و رسوا کند  ** اعتبارش را ز دلها بر کند 
  • Those very plots only serve to manifest the veracity of Moses: the prestige of his rod goes up. 4355
  • عین آن مکر آیت موسی شود  ** اعتبار آن عصا بالا رود 
  • He (Pharaoh) leads his army betimes to the neighbourhood of the Nile in order to waylay Moses and his people;
  • لشکر آرد او پگه تا حول نیل  ** تا زند بر موسی و قومش سبیل 
  • (But) it only serves to ensure the safety of the followers of Moses, (while) he (Pharaoh) goes under the earth and the plain (of sand).
  • آمنی امت موسی شود  ** او به تحت‌الارض و هامون در رود 
  • If he (Moses) had stayed in Egypt, he (Pharaoh) would not have marched (against him): how, (then), would the Israelites have been relieved of dread?
  • گر به مصر اندر بدی او نامدی  ** وهم از سبطی کجا زایل شدی 
  • He marched and caused the Israelites to be consumed (with terror); for (you must) know that safety is concealed in danger.
  • آمد و در سبط افکند او گداز  ** که بدانک امن در خوفست راز 
  • The hidden grace consists in this, that the Lord shows unto him (the recipient of grace) a (terrible) fire, but it is really a (gracious) light. 4360
  • آن بود لطف خفی کو را صمد  ** نار بنماید خود آن نوری بود 
  • There is nothing mysterious in (God's) rewarding piety, (but) look at the reward bestowed on the magicians (of Pharaoh) after their sin!
  • نیست مخفی مزد دادن در تقی  ** ساحران را اجر بین بعد از خطا 
  • There is nothing mysterious in the favour shown (by God) while cherishing (His lovers), (but) He bestowed His favour on the magicians in the amputation (of their hands and feet).
  • نیست مخفی وصل اندر پرورش  ** ساحران را وصل داد او در برش 
  • There is nothing mysterious in journeying with feet that move, but look at the journey of the magicians when their feet had been cut off!
  • نیست مخفی سیر با پای روا  ** ساحران را سیر بین در قطع پا 
  • The knowers of God are safe for ever because they have passed through a sea of blood.
  • عارفان زانند دایم آمنون  ** که گذر کردند از دریای خون 
  • Safety appeared to them from the very midst of terror; consequently they are always in a state of increase (of safety). 4365
  • امنشان از عین خوف آمد پدید  ** لاجرم باشند هر دم در مزید 
  • You have seen that safety is concealed in a (state of) fear (danger): O excellent man, observe also that fear (danger) is (lurking) in a (state of) hope.
  • امن دیدی گشته در خوفی خفی  ** خوف بین هم در امیدی ای حفی 
  • A certain Amír cunningly shadows Jesus: Jesus hides himself in the house.
  • آن امیر از مکر بر عیسی تند  ** عیسی اندر خانه رو پنهان کند 
  • He (the Amír) enters in order that he may (seize him and) wear the crown (of sovereignty): because of his likeness to Jesus he himself becomes the crown of the gibbet.
  • اندر آید تا شود او تاجدار  ** خود ز شبه عیسی آید تاج‌دار 
  • (He cries out), “Oh, do not hang me: I am not Jesus, I am the Amír, I am well-disposed to the Jews.”
  • هی می‌آویزید من عیسی نیم  ** من امیرم بر جهودان خوش‌پیم 
  • “Hang him on the gibbet,” (cry the Jews), “with all speed, for he is Jesus: (he is) seeking to escape from our hands by personating another.” 4370
  • زوترش بردار آویزید کو  ** عیسی است از دست ما تخلیط‌جو 
  • How often does an army march (hoping) to enjoy the fruits (of victory): its equipment becomes spoil (for the enemy), and it is overthrown.
  • چند لشکر می‌رود تا بر خورد  ** برگ او فی گردد و بر سر خورد 
  • How often in the world does it happen contrariwise to this: (for example) one fancies (something to be bitter as) poison when it is (really sweet as) honey.
  • چند در عالم بود برعکس این  ** زهر پندارد بود آن انگبین 
  • Often, (when) soldiers have made up their minds to die, the splendours (of triumph) and victory appear.
  • بس سپه بنهاده دل بر مرگ خویش  ** روشنیها و ظفر آید به پیش