How Moses, on whom be peace

How Moses, on whom be peace

How Moses, on whom be peace, said to one who worshipped the (golden) calf, “Where is (what has become of) thy vain scepticism and precaution?” گفتن موسی علیه السلام گوساله پرست را که آن خیال اندیشی و حزم تو کجاست‏

گفت موسی با یکی مست خیال
کای بد اندیش از شقاوت وز ضلال‏
Moses said to one drunken with (deluding) fancy, “O thou who thinkest evil because of (thy) unblessedness and perdition,
صد گمانت بود در پیغمبریم
با چنین برهان و این خلق کریم‏
Thou hast had a hundred suspicions concerning my prophethood, notwithstanding these proofs and this noble nature (which I have shown).
صد هزاران معجزه دیدی ز من
صد خیالت می‏فزود و شک و ظن‏
Thou hast seen from me hundreds of thousands of miracles, (and all the time) a hundred fancies and doubts and (vain) opinions were growing in thee.
از خیال و وسوسه تنگ آمدی
طعن بر پیغمبری‏ام می‏زدی‏
Thou wert sorely pressed by fancy and devilish suggestion, thou wert sneering at my prophethood.
گرد از دریا بر آوردم عیان
تا رهیدیت از شر فرعونیان‏
I raised up dust from the sea before your eyes, so that ye might be delivered from the wickedness of the people of Pharaoh.
ز آسمان چل سال کاسه و خوان رسید
وز دعایم جویی از سنگی دوید
During forty years the platter and tray (of food) came (to you) from heaven, and at my prayer the river ran from a rock.
این و صد چندین و چندین گرم و سرد
از تو ای سرد آن توهم کم نکرد
These (miracles) and a hundred times as many, and all these diverse (evidences), did not make that vain imagination fade away from thee, O cold (hard-hearted) man!
بانگ زد گوساله‏ای از جادویی
سجده کردی که خدای من تویی‏
Through sorcery a calf lowed; (then) thou didst fall to worship, saying, ‘Thou art my God.’
آن توهمهات را سیلاب برد
زیرکی باردت را خواب برد
(Then) those imaginations were swept away (as) by a flood, and thy silly shrewdness went to sleep.
چون نبودی بد گمان در حق او
چون نهادی سر چنان ای زشت رو
How wert not thou suspicious in regard to him (Sámirí)? Why didst thou lay thy head (on the ground) like that, O ugly one?
چون خیالت نامد از تزویر او
وز فساد سحر احمق‏گیر او
How did no idea come to thee of his imposition and of the corruptness of his fool catching magic?
سامریی خود که باشد ای سگان
که خدایی بر تراشد در جهان‏
Who, indeed, is a Sámirí, O ye curs, that he should hew up a God in the world?
چون در این تزویر او یکدل شدی
وز همه اشکالها عاطل شدی‏
How didst thou become of one mind (with him) as to this imposture of his, and become devoid of all perplexities?
گاو می‏شاید خدایی را به لاف
در رسولی‏ام تو چون کردی خلاف‏
Is a cow (calf) worthy to be deified on (the strength of) a vain boast? How didst thou make opposition to my prophethood?
پیش گاوی سجده کردی از خری
گشت عقلت صید سحر سامری‏
Through asinine dullness thou didst cast thyself down in worship before a cow (calf); thy understanding fell a prey to Sámirí’s magic.
چشم دزدیدی ز نور ذو الجلال
اینت جهل وافر و عین ضلال‏
Thou didst steal thine eye away from the Light of the Glorious (God): here is plenteous folly for thee and the essence of perdition!
شه بر آن عقل و گزینش که تراست
چون تو کان جهل را کشتن سزاست‏
Fie upon such an understanding and (faculty of) choice as thou hast! ’Twere fitting to kill a mine of folly like thee.
گاو زرین بانگ کرد آخر چه گفت
کاحمقان را این همه رغبت شگفت‏
The golden calf uttered a cry; prithee, what did it say, that all this desire (for it) blossomed in the fools?
ز آن عجبتر دیده‏اید از من بسی
لیک حق را کی پذیرد هر خسی‏
Ye have seen from me many a thing more wonderful than that, but how should every rascal accept God?”
باطلان را چه رباید باطلی
عاطلان را چه خوش آید عاطلی‏
What carries away (enraptures) worthless folk? Worthlessness. What pleases futile folk? Futility,
ز انکه هر جنسی رباید جنس خود
گاو سوی شیر نر کی رو نهد
Because every kind is carried away (enraptured) by its own kind: how should the ox turn its face towards the fierce lion?
گرگ بر یوسف کجا عشق آورد
جز مگر از مکر تا او را خورد
How should the wolf bear love for Joseph, unless, perchance, through cunning, in order to devour him?
چون ز گرگی وارهد محرم شود
چون سگ کهف از بنی آدم شود
When it is delivered from wolfishness, it will become familiar (with him); like the dog of the Cave, it will become one of the sons of Adam.
چون ابو بکر از محمد برد بو
گفت هذا لیس وجه کاذب‏
When Abú Bakr smelt (made his first acquaintance with) Mohammed, he said, “This is not a face that lies;”
چون نبد بو جهل از اصحاب درد
دید صد شق قمر باور نکرد
(But) since Bú Jahl was not of those in sympathy (with Mohammed), he saw a hundred cleavings of the moon, and believed not.
دردمندی کش ز بام افتاد طشت
زو نهان کردیم حق پنهان نگشت‏
The sorrowful (lover of God), whose bowl has fallen from the roof we (would) hide the Truth from him, (but) it does not become hid;
و انکه او جاهل بد از دردش بعید
چند بنمودند و او آن را ندید
While he that is ignorant (of God) and a stranger to His sorrow (love) how often has it been shown, and he has not seen it!
آینه‏ی دل صاف باید تا در او
واشناسی صورت زشت از نکو
The mirror of the heart must be clear, in order that you may know therein the ugly form from the beautiful.


 

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