A Story setting forth that patience

A Story setting forth that patience in bearing worldly affliction is easier than patience in bearing separation from the Beloved. حکایت در تقریر آنک صبر در رنج کار سهل‌تر از صبر در فراق یار بود

آن یکی زن شوی خود را گفت هی ای مروت را به یک ره کرده طی
A certain woman said to her husband, “Hey, O you who have finished with generosity once and for all,
هیچ تیمارم نمی‌داری چرا تا بکی باشم درین خواری چرا
Why have you no care for me? How long shall I dwell in this abode of misery?”
گفت شو من نفقه چاره می‌کنم گرچه عورم دست و پایی می‌زنم
The husband replied, “I am doing my best to earn money; though I am destitute, I am moving hand and foot.
نفقه و کسوه‌ست واجب ای صنم از منت این هر دو هست و نیست کم
O beloved, it is my duty (to provide you with) money and clothes: you get both these from me and they are not insufficient.”
آستین پیرهن بنمود زن بس درشت و پر وسخ بد پیرهن
The wife showed (him) the sleeve of her chemise: the chemise was very coarse and dirty.
گفت از سختی تنم را می‌خورد کس کسی را کسوه زین سان آورد
“It is so rough,” said she, “it eats (wounds) my body: does any one get a garment of this kind for any one?”
گفت ای زن یک سالت می‌کنم مرد درویشم همین آمد فنم
He said, “O wife, I will ask you one question. I am a poor man: this is all I know (how to do).
این درشتست و غلیظ و ناپسند لیک بندیش ای زن اندیشه‌مند
This (chemise) is rough and coarse and disagreeable, but think (well), O thoughtful (anxious) wife!
این درشت و زشت‌تر یا خود طلاق این ترا مکروه‌تر یا خود فراق
Is this (chemise) rougher and nastier, or divorce? Is this (chemise) more odious to you, or separation?”
هم‌چنان ای خواجه‌ی تشنیع زن از بلا و فقر و از رنج و محن
Even so, O Khwája who art reviling on account of affliction and poverty and distress and tribulations,
لا شک این ترک هوا تلخی‌دهست لیک از تلخی بعد حق بهست
No doubt this renunciation of sensuality gives bitter pain, but ’tis better than the bitterness of being far from God.
گر جهاد و صوم سختست و خشن لیک این بهتر ز بعد ممتحن
If fighting (against the flesh) and fasting are hard and rough, yet these are better than being far from Him who inflicts tribulation.
رنج کی ماند دمی که ذوالمنن گویدت چونی تو ای رنجور من
How should pain endure for a single moment when the Giver of favours says to thee, “How art thou, O My sick one?”
ور نگوید کت نه آن فهم و فن است لیک آن ذوق تو پرسش کردنست
And (even) if He say (it) not, because thou hast not the understanding and knowledge (needed) for it, yet thy inward feeling (of supplication) is (equivalent to His) inquiring (after thee).
آن ملیحان که طبیبان دل‌اند سوی رنجوران به پرسش مایل‌اند
Those beauteous ones who are spiritual physicians turn towards the sick to inquire (after them);
وز حذر از ننگ و از نامی کنند چاره‌ای سازند و پیغامی کنند
And if they be afraid of (incurring) disgrace and (loss of) reputation, they devise some means and send a message;
ورنه در دلشان بود آن مفتکر نیست معشوقی ز عاشق بی‌خبر
Or if not, that (care for the sick) is pondered in their hearts: no beloved is unaware (forgetful) of his lover.
ای تو جویای نوادر داستان هم فسانه‌ی عشق‌بازان را بخوان
O thou who desirest (to hear) a wondrous tale, read the story of them that play the game of love.
بس بجوشیدی درین عهد مدید ترک‌جوشی هم نگشتی ای قدید
Thou hast been boiling mightily during (all) this long time, (and yet), O dried meat, thou hast not even become half-cooked.
دیده‌ای عمری تو داد و داوری وانگه از نادیدگان ناشی‌تری
During a (whole) life-time thou hast seen the justice and jurisdiction (of God), and then (after all) thou art more ignorant than the blind.
هر که شاگردیش کرد استاد شد تو سپس‌تر رفته‌ای ای کور لد
Whoever serves Him as a pupil becomes a master, (but) thou hast gone backwards, O blind fool!
خود نبود از والدینت اختبار هم نبودت عبرت از لیل و نهار
Verily thou hast learned nothing from thy parents, nor hast thou taken a lesson from night and day.




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