Story ON GRATITUDE FOR SAFETY حکایت تواضع برای حفظ جان

Bustan Saadi بوستان سعدی

From a monarch a slave ran in anger away;
He ordered a search, none could find where he lay.
When again he returned, free from anger and strife,
The king bade the swordsman deprive him of life.
به خشم از ملک بندهای سربتافت
بفرمود جستن کسش در نیافت
چو بازآمد از راه خشم و ستیز
به شمشیر زن گفت خونش بریز
The blood-thirsty headsman, by pity unwrung,
Like the thirsty put forward the dagger’s sharp tongue.
I have heard that the man, sad and wounded, thus said:
“Oh God, I forgive him my blood he’s to shed!
به خون تشنه جلاد نامهربان
برون کرد دشنه چو تشنه زبان
شنیدم که گفت از دل تنگ ریش
خدایا بحل کردمش خون خویش
For always, in comfort, caresses and fame,
I happy have been ‘neath his prosperous name.
God forbid that hereafter, because of this blow,
They should seize him and give much delight to his foe.”
که پیوسته در نعمت و ناز و نام
در اقبال او بودهام دوستکام
مبادا که فردا به خون منش
بگیرند و خرم شود دشمنش
When the ears of the king heard this generous speech,
Not again did the pot of his wrath boiling reach.
He frequently kissed both his head and his eyes;
In the monarch his banner and kettle-drum rise.
ملک را چو گفت وی آمد به گوش
دگر دیگ خشمش نیاورد جوش
بسی بر سرش داد و بر دیده بوس
خداوند رایت شد و طبل و کوس
With kindness, from such a terrific abyss,
Time brought him to such a good station as this.
The design of this tale is — that soft speaking can
Quench like water the fire of a hot-tempered man.
به رفق از چنان سهمگن جایگاه
رسانید دهرش بدان پایگاه
غرض زین حدیث آن که گفتار نرم
چو آب است بر آتش مرد گرم
Be civil! oh friend, to a hot-tempered foe,
For by softness the edge of the sabre will go!
Where the arrow and sword are employed, don’t you know
They wear silken vests of five score folds, or so?
تواضع کن ای دوست با خصم تند
که نرمی کند تیغ برنده کند
نبینی که در معرض تیغ و تیر
بپوشند خفتان صد تو حریر


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