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  • Even as I have died before death and brought from Yonder this fame and renown.” 755
  • هم‌چنانک مرده‌ام من قبل موت  ** زان طرف آورده‌ام این صیت و صوت 
  • Do thou, then, become the (spiritual) resurrection and (thereby) see (experience) the resurrection: this (becoming) is the necessary condition for seeing (knowing and experiencing the real nature of) anything.
  • پس قیامت شو قیامت را ببین  ** دیدن هر چیز را شرطست این 
  • Until thou become it, thou wilt not know it completely, whether it be light or darkness.
  • تا نگردی او ندانی‌اش تمام  ** خواه آن انوار باشد یا ظلام 
  • (If) thou become Reason, thou wilt know Reason perfectly; if thou become Love, thou wilt know Love's (flaming) wick.
  • عقل گردی عقل را دانی کمال  ** عشق گردی عشق را دانی ذبال 
  • I would declare plainly the proof of this assertion, if there were an understanding fit to receive it.
  • گفتمی برهان این دعوی مبین  ** گر بدی ادراک اندر خورد این 
  • Figs are very cheap in this vicinity, if a fig-eating bird should arrive as a guest. 760
  • هست انجیر این طرف بسیار و خوار  ** گر رسد مرغی قنق انجیرخوار 
  • (All), whether men or women, in the whole world are continually in the death-agony and are dying.
  • در همه عالم اگر مرد و زنند  ** دم به دم در نزع و اندر مردنند 
  • Regard their words as the (final) injunctions which a father gives at that moment to his son,
  • آن سخنشان را وصیتها شمر  ** که پدر گوید در آن دم با پسر 
  • That thereby consideration and pity may grow (in thy heart), so that the root of hatred and jealousy and enmity may be cut off.
  • تا بروید عبرت و رحمت بدین  ** تا ببرد بیخ بغض و رشک و کین 
  • Look on thy kinsman with that intention, so that thy heart may burn (with pity) for his death-agony.
  • تو بدان نیت نگر در اقربا  ** تا ز نزع او بسوزد دل ترا 
  • “Everything that is coming will come”: deem it (to have come) here and now, deem thy friend to be in the death-agony and in the act of losing (his life). 765
  • کل آت آت آن را نقد دان  ** دوست را در نزع و اندر فقد دان 
  • And if (selfish) motives debar (thee) from this insight, cast these motives out of thy bosom;
  • وز غرضها زین نظر گردد حجاب  ** این غرضها را برون افکن ز جیب 
  • And if thou canst not (cast them out), do not stand inertly in a state of incapacity: know that with (every) incapable there is a goodly Incapacitator.
  • ور نیاری خشک بر عجزی مه‌ایست  ** دانک با عاجز گزیده معجزیست 
  • Incapacity is a chain: He laid it upon thee: thou must open thine eye to (behold) Him who lays the chain.
  • عجز زنجیریست زنجیرت نهاد  ** چشم در زنجیرنه باید گشاد 
  • Therefore make humble entreaty, saying, “O Guide (in the ways) of life, I was free, (and now) I have fallen into bondage: what is the cause of this?
  • پس تضرع کن کای هادی زیست  ** باز بودم بسته گشتم این ز چیست 
  • I have planted my foot in evil more firmly (than ever), for through Thy omnipotence verily I am (engaged) in a losing business all the time. 770
  • سخت‌تر افشرده‌ام در شر قدم  ** که لفی خسرم ز قهرت دم به دم 
  • I have been deaf to Thy admonitions: while professing to be an idol-breaker, I have (really) been an idol-maker.
  • از نصیحتهای تو کر بوده‌ام  ** بت‌شکن دعوی و بت‌گر بوده‌ام 
  • Is it more incumbent (on you) to think of what you (yourself) have made or of death? (Of death): death is like autumn, and you are the root of the leaves (which autumn destroys).”
  • یاد صنعت فرض‌تر یا یاد مرگ  ** مرگ مانند خزان تو اصل برگ 
  • For years this death has been beating the drum, (but only when it is) too late is your ear moved (to listen).
  • سالها این مرگ طبلک می‌زند  ** گوش تو بیگاه جنبش می‌کند 
  • In his agony he (the heedless man) cries from his (inmost) soul, “Alas, I am dying!” Has Death made you aware of himself (only) now?
  • گوید اندر نزع از جان آه مرگ  ** این زمان کردت ز خود آگاه مرگ 
  • Death's throat is exhausted with shouting: his drum is split with the astounding blows (with which it has been beaten). 775
  • این گلوی مرگ از نعره گرفت  ** طبل او بشکافت از ضرب شگفت 
  • (But) you enmeshed yourself in trivialities: (only) now have you apprehended the mystery of dying.
  • در دقایق خویش را در بافتی  ** رمز مردن این زمان در یافتی 
  • Comparison of (the behaviour of) the heedless man who wastes his life and (only) begins to repent and ask pardon (of God) when he lies in extreme distress on his death-bed to the yearly mourning of the Shí‘ites of Aleppo at the Antioch Gate (of the city) during the ‘Áshúrá; and how a poet, who was a stranger, arrived (there) on his journey and asked what was the cause of these shrieks of mourning.
  • تشبیه مغفلی کی عمر ضایع کند و وقت مرگ در آن تنگاتنگ توبه و استغفار کردن گیرد به تعزیت داشتن شیعه‌ی اهل حلب هر سالی در ایام عاشورا به دروازه‌ی انطاکیه و رسیدن غریب شاعر از سفر و پرسیدن کی این غریو چه تعزیه است 
  • On the Day of ‘Áshúrá all the people of Aleppo gather at the Antioch Gate till nightfall,
  • روز عاشورا همه اهل حلب  ** باب انطاکیه اندر تا به شب 
  • Men and women, a great multitude, and keep up a constant lamentation for the (Holy) Family.
  • گرد آید مرد و زن جمعی عظیم  ** ماتم آن خاندان دارد مقیم 
  • During the ‘Áshúrá the Shí‘ites wail and lament with tears and sobs on account of Karbalá.
  • ناله و نوحه کنند اندر بکا  ** شیعه عاشورا برای کربلا 
  • They recount the oppressions and tribulations which the (Holy) Family suffered at the hands of Yazíd and Shimr. 780
  • بشمرند آن ظلمها و امتحان  ** کز یزید و شمر دید آن خاندان 
  • They utter shrieks mingled with cries of woe and grief: the whole plain and desert is filled (with their cries).
  • نعره‌هاشان می‌رود در ویل و وشت  ** پر همی‌گردد همه صحرا و دشت 
  • A stranger, (who was) a poet, arrived from the road on the Day of ‘Áshúrá and heard that lamentation.
  • یک غریبی شاعری از راه رسید  ** روز عاشورا و آن افغان شنید 
  • He left the city and resolved (to go) in that direction: he set out to investigate (the cause of) those shrill cries.
  • شهر را بگذاشت و آن سوی رای کرد  ** قصد جست و جوی آن هیهای کرد 
  • He went along, asking many questions in his search—“What is this sorrow? Whose death has occasioned this mourning?
  • پرس پرسان می‌شد اندر افتقاد  ** چیست این غم بر که این ماتم فتاد 
  • It must be a great personage who has died: such a concourse is no small affair. 785
  • این رئیس زفت باشد که بمرد  ** این چنین مجمع نباشد کار خرد 
  • Inform me of his name and titles, for I am a stranger and ye belong to the town.
  • نام او و القاب او شرحم دهید  ** که غریبم من شما اهل دهید 
  • What is his name and profession and character? (Tell me) in order that I may compose an elegy on his gracious qualities.
  • چیست نام و پیشه و اوصاف او  ** تا بگویم مرثیه ز الطاف او 
  • I will make an elegy—for I am a poet—that I may carry away from here some provision and morsels of food.”
  • مرثیه سازم که مرد شاعرم  ** تا ازینجا برگ و لالنگی برم 
  • “Eh,” said one (of them), “are you mad? You are not a Shí‘ite, you are an enemy of the (Holy) Family.
  • آن یکی گفتش که هی دیوانه‌ای  ** تو نه‌ای شیعه عدو خانه‌ای 
  • Don't you know that the Day of ‘Áshúrá is (a day of) mourning for a single soul that is more excellent than a (whole) generation? 790
  • روز عاشوار نمی‌دانی که هست  ** ماتم جانی که از قرنی بهست 
  • How should this anguish (tragedy) be lightly esteemed by the true believer? Love for the ear-ring is in proportion to love for the ear.
  • پیش ممن کی بود این غصه خوار  ** قدر عشق گوش عشق گوشوار 
  • In the true believer's view the mourning for that pure spirit is more celebrated than a hundred Floods of Noah.”
  • پیش ممن ماتم آن پاک‌روح  ** شهره‌تر باشد ز صد طوفان نوح 
  • The poet's subtle discourse in criticism of the Shí‘ites of Aleppo.
  • نکته گفتن آن شاعر جهت طعن شیعه حلب 
  • “Yes,” said he; “but where (in relation to our time) is the epoch of Yazíd? When did this grievous tragedy occur? How late has (the news of) it arrived here!
  • گفت آری لیک کو دور یزید  ** کی بدست این غم چه دیر اینجا رسید 
  • The eyes of the blind have seen that loss, the ears of the deaf have heard that story.
  • چشم کوران آن خسارت را بدید  ** گوش کران آن حکایت را شنید 
  • Have ye been asleep till now, that (only) now ye have rent your garments in mourning? 795
  • خفته بودستید تا اکنون شما  ** که کنون جامه دریدیت از عزا 
  • Then, O sleepers, mourn for yourselves, for this heavy slumber is an evil death.
  • پس عزا بر خود کنید ای خفتگان  ** زانک بد مرگیست این خواب گران 
  • A royal spirit escaped from a prison: why should we rend our garments and how should we gnaw our hands?
  • روح سلطانی ز زندانی بجست  ** جامه چه درانیم و چون خاییم دست 
  • Since they were monarchs of the (true) religion, ’twas the hour of joy (for them) when they broke their bonds.
  • چونک ایشان خسرو دین بوده‌اند  ** وقت شادی شد چو بشکستند بند 
  • They sped towards the pavilion of empire, they cast off their fetters and chains.
  • سوی شادروان دولت تاختند  ** کنده و زنجیر را انداختند 
  • ’Tis the day of (their) kingship and pride and sovereignty, if thou hast (even) an atom of knowledge of them. 800
  • روز ملکست و گش و شاهنشهی  ** گر تو یک ذره ازیشان آگهی 
  • And if thou hast not (this) knowledge, go, weep for thyself, for thou art disbelieving in the removal (from this world to the next) and in the assembly at the Last Judgement.
  • ور نه‌ای آگه برو بر خود گری  ** زانک در انکار نقل و حشری 
  • Mourn for thy corrupt heart and religion, for it (thy heart) sees naught but this old earth.
  • بر دل و دین خرابت نوحه کن  ** که نمی‌بیند جز این خاک کهن 
  • Or if it is seeing (the spiritual world), why is it not brave and supporting (others) and self-sacrificing and fully contented?
  • ور همی‌بیند چرا نبود دلیر  ** پشتدار و جانسپار و چشم‌سیر 
  • In thy countenance where is the happiness (which is the effect) of the wine of (true) religion? If thou hast beheld the Ocean (of Bounty), where is the bounteous hand?
  • در رخت کو از می دین فرخی  ** گر بدیدی بحر کو کف سخی