Story of shibli and the ant حکایت شبلی و مورچه

Story of shibli and the ant حکایت شبلی و مورچه

Bustan Saadi بوستان سعدی

O a virtue of one of the pious give ear,
If you’re pious yourself, and your conduct is clear:
When Shibli the saint, from a wheat-seller’s store,
To his thorp, on his shoulder, a bag of wheat bore
  یکی سیرت نیکمردان شنو
اگر نیکبختی و مردانه رو
که شبلی ز حانوت گندم فروش
به ده برد انبان گندم به دوش
He looked, and an ant in the wheat caught his eye,
Which hither and thither, bewildered, did hie.
In grief at its state, he all night kept awake
He carried it back to its dwelling, and spake :  
  نگه کرد و موری در آن غله دید
که سرگشته هر گوشه‌ای می‌دوید
ز رحمت بر او شب نیارست خفت
به مأوای خود بازش آورد و گفت
“It is far from humane that this ant, forced to roam,
I should cause to be wretched, away from its home.”
Keep tranquil the people distracted in heart,
So that Fortune to you may composure impart !  
  مروت نباشد که این مور ریش
پراگنده گردانم از جای خویش
درون پراگندگان جمع دار
که جمعیتت باشد از روزگار
How well spoke Fardusi? of origin pure,
On his sanctified tomb may God’s mercy endure,  
  چه خوش گفت فردوسی پاک زاد
که رحمت بر آن تربت پاک باد
“The ant that bears grain r you ought not to oppress !
It has life, and sweet life is a joy to possess !”
He’s a merciless man, and hard-hearted, at best,
Who harbours the wish that an ant be distressed  
  میازار موری که دانه‌کش است
که جان دارد و جان شیرین خوش است
سیاه اندرون باشد و سنگدل
که خواهد که موری شود تنگدل
With the hand of oppression, the weak, do not beat !
For ant-like, one day, you may fall at their feet
For the moth’s state, the candle all sympathy spurned ;
Before the assembly, observe how it burned!  
  مزن بر سر ناتوان دست زور
که روزی به پایش در افتی چو مور
نبخشود بر حال پروانه شمع
نگه کن که چون سوخت در پیش جمع
I admit there are many more feeble than you ;
Than you, at least One is more puissant, too.  
  گرفتم ز تو ناتوان تر بسی است
تواناتر از تو هم آخر کسی است


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