On the Generosity of Hatim, and Praise of the King of Islam (hatim tai and his wife) حکایت حاتم طائی

Bustan Saadi بوستان سعدی

At Hatim’s store tent, an old pauper, distressed,
For ten direm’s weight of kanlz made request
From a writer, I thus recollect the event,
That a sackful of sugar before him he sent. 
  ز بنگاه حاتم یکی پیرمرد
طلب ده درم سنگ فانید کرد
ز راوی چنان یاد دارم خبر
که پیشش فرستاد تنگی شکر
From the tent, Hatims wife shouted, “What is this plan?
But the weight of ten direms required the old man “.
This remark reached the ears of the chieftain of Tai
Who smiling, replied, “Oh heart-soother from Hat!  
زن از خیمه گفت این چه تدبیر بود؟
همان ده درم حاجت پیر بود
شنید این سخن نامبردار طی
بخندید و گفت ای دلارام حی
If he asked in accordance with what was his need,
Where is Hatim s magnanimous nature, indeed”?
Like Hatim, in true liberality, none
Through the changes of Time has appeared, except one —  
گر او در خور حاجت خویش خواست
جوانمردی آل حاتم کجاست؟
چو حاتم به آزاد مردی دگر
ز دوران گیتی نیاید مگر
Abu-Bakar-Sdd, whose reward-giving hand,
Places pray’rs for himself in the mouth of Demand.
ابوبکر سعد آن که دست نوال
نهد همتش بر دهان سؤال
Oh protector of subjects, may joy fill your heart!
To Islam may your labours fresh glory impart!
By your efforts, the dust of this fortunate home,
Excels the dominions of Greece and of Rome.  
رعیت پناها دلت شاد باد
به سعیت مسلمانی آباد باد
سرافرازد این خاک فرخنده بوم
ز عدلت بر اقلیم یونان و روم  
If you cannot to Hatim! s unique fame come nigh,
None has borne in the world a renown like to Tai.
That famed person’s praises in records remain
Your praise and good works, too, will mention obtain.
چو حاتم، اگر نیستی کام وی
نبردی کس اندر جهان نام طی
ثنا ماند از آن نامور در کتاب
تو را هم ثنا ماند و هم ثواب
Then Hatim’s desire was a popular name,;
Your zeal has the glory of God for its aim.
There is nothing to make the poor suffer distress,
And in stating your fame, not a word’s in excess.  
که حاتم بدان نام و آوازه خواست
تو را سعی و جهد از برای خداست
تکلف بر مرد درویش نیست
وصیت همین یک سخن بیش نیست
Be useful, so long as you’re able to strive!
For your goodness and SddVs discourse will survive.  
که چندان که جهدت بود خیر کن
ز تو خیر ماند ز سعدی سخن


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