How the stirrup-holder of ‘Alí

How the stirrup-holder of ‘Alí, may God honour his person, came (to him), saying, “For God’s sake, kill me and deliver me from this doom” افتادن رکابدار هر باری پیش علی کرم الله وجهه که ای امیر المؤمنین از بهر خدا مرا بکش و از این قضا برهان‌‌

باز آمد کای علی زودم بکش
تا نبینم آن دم و وقت ترش‌‌
“He came back, saying, ‘O‘ Alí, kill me quickly, that I may not see that bitter moment and hour.
من حلالت می‌‌کنم خونم بریز
تا نبیند چشم من آن رستخیز
Shed my blood, I make it lawful to thee, so that my eye may not behold that resurrection’.
گفتم ار هر ذره‌‌ای خونی شود
خنجر اندر کف به قصد تو رود
I said, ‘If every atom should become a murderer and, dagger in hand, go to attack thee,
یک سر مو از تو نتواند برید
چون قلم بر تو چنان خطی کشید
None (of them) could cut from thee the tip of a single hair, since the Pen has written against thee such a line (of doom).
لیک بی‌‌غم شو شفیع تو منم
خواجه‌‌ی روحم نه مملوک تنم‌‌
But do not grieve: I am intercessor for thee: I am the spirit’s master, I am not the body’s slave.
پیش من این تن ندارد قیمتی
بی‌‌تن خویشم فتی ابن الفتی‌‌
This body hath no value in my sight: without my body I am the noble (in spirit), the son of the noble.
خنجر و شمشیر شد ریحان من
مرگ من شد بزم و نرگسدان من‌‌
Dagger and sword have become my sweet basil: my death has become my banquet and narcissus-pot.’”
آن که او تن را بدین سان پی کند
حرص میری و خلافت کی کند
He that hamstrings (mortifies) his body in this fashion, how should he covet the Princedom and the Caliphate?
ز آن به ظاهر کوشد اندر جاه و حکم
تا امیران را نماید راه و حکم‌‌
Outwardly he strives after power and authority, (but only) that he may show to princes the (right) way and judgement;
تا امیری را دهد جانی دگر
تا دهد نخل خلافت را ثمر
That he may give another spirit to the Princedom; that he may give fruit to the palm tree of the Caliphate.




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