Story of the attachment

Story of the attachment

Story of the attachment between the mouse and the frog: how they tied their legs together with a long string, and how a raven carried off the mouse, and how the frog was suspended (in the air) and lamented and repented of having attached himself to an animal of a different species instead of sorting with one of his own kind. حکایت تعلق موش با چغز و بستن پای هر دو به رشته‌ای دراز و بر کشیدن زاغ موش را و معلق شدن چغز و نالیدن و پشیمانی او از تعلق با غیر جنس و با جنس خود ناساختن

از قضا موشی و چغزی با وفا بر لب جو گشته بودند آشنا
As it happened, a mouse and a faithful frog had become friends on the bank of a river.
هر دو تن مربوط میقاتی شدند هر صباحی گوشه‌ای می‌آمدند
Both of them were bound to (keep) a (daily) tryst: every morning they would come into a nook,
نرد دل با هم‌دگر می‌باختند از وساوس سینه می‌پرداختند
(Where) they played heart-and-soul with one another and emptied their breasts of evil (suspicious) thoughts.
هر دو را دل از تلاقی متسع هم‌دگر را قصه‌خوان و مستمع
The hearts of both swelled (with joy) from meeting: they recited stories and listened to each other,
رازگویان با زبان و بی‌زبان الجماعه رحمه را تاویل دان
Telling secrets with and without tongue, knowing how to interpret (the Tradition), “A united party is a (Divine) mercy.”
آن اشر چون جفت آن شاد آمدی پنج ساله قصه‌اش یاد آمدی
Whenever the exultant (mouse) consorted with the merry (frog), a five years’ tale would come into his mind. 
جوش نطق از دل نشان دوستیست بستگی نطق از بی‌الفتیست
Flow of speech from the heart is a sign of (intimate) friendship; obstruction of speech arises from lack of intimacy.
دل که دلبر دید کی ماند ترش بلبلی گل دید کی ماند خمش
The heart that has seen the sweetheart, how should it remain bitter? (When) a nightingale has seen the rose, how should he remain silent?
ماهی بریان ز آسیب خضر زنده شد در بحر گشت او مستقر
At the touch of Khadir the roasted fish came to life and took its abode in the sea.
یار را با یار چون بنشسته شد صد هزاران لوح سر دانسته شد
To the friend, when he is seated beside his Friend, a hundred thousand tablets of mystery are made known.
لوح محفوظ است پیشانی یار راز کونینش نماید آشکار
The brow of the Friend is a Guarded Tablet: to him (his friend) it reveals plainly the secret of the two worlds.
هادی راهست یار اندر قدوم مصطفی زین گفت اصحابی نجوم
The Friend is the guide on the way in (his friend’s) advent: hence Mustafá (Mohammed) said, “My Companions are (like) the stars.”
نجم اندر ریگ و دریا رهنماست چشم اندر نجم نه کو مقتداست
The star shows the way in (desert) sands and on the sea: fix thine eye on the (spiritual) Star, for he is the one to be followed.
چشم را با روی او می‌دار جفت گرد منگیزان ز راه بحث و گفت
Keep thine eye always paired with (unseparated from) his face: do not stir up dust by way of discussion and argument,
زانک گردد نجم پنهان زان غبار چشم بهتر از زبان با عثار
Because the Star will be hidden by that dust: the eye is better than the stumbling tongue.
تا بگوید او که وحیستش شعار کان نشاند گرد و ننگیزد غبار
(Be silent) in order that he may speak whose innermost garment is (Divine) inspiration which lays the dust and does not stir up trouble.
چون شد آدم مظهر وحی و وداد ناطقه‌ی او علم الاسما گشاد
When Adam became the theatre of (Divine) inspiration and love, his rational soul revealed (to him) the knowledge of the Names.
نام هر چیزی چنانک هست آن از صحیفه‌ی دل روی گشتش زبان
His tongue, (reading) from the page of his heart, recited the name of everything as it (really) is.
فاش می‌گفتی زبان از ریتش جمله را خاصیت و ماهیتش
Through his (inward) vision his tongue was divulging the properties and quiddities of all things.
آنچنان نامی که اشیا را سزد نه چنانک حیز را خواند اسد
(It was bestowing) such a name as fits the things (named), not so as to call a catamite a lion (hero).
نوح نهصد سال در راه سوی بود هر روزیش تذکیر نوی
Nine hundred years Noah (walked) in the straight way, and every day he had a new sermon to preach.
لعل او گویا ز یاقوت القلوب نه رساله خوانده نه قوت القلوب
His ruby (lip) drew its eloquence from the corundum (precious jewel) in the hearts (of prophets): he had not read (mystical books like) the Risála or the Qútu ’l-qulúb.
وعظ را ناموخته هیچ از شروح بلک ینبوع کشوف و شرح روح
He had never learned to preach from (studying) commentaries; nay, (he learned) from the fountain of revelations and from the exposition (set forth) by the spirit.
زان میی کان می چو نوشیده شود آب نطق از گنگ جوشیده شود
From the wine that (is so potent that) when it is quaffed the water of speech gushes from (the mouth of) the dumb,
طفل نوزاده شود حبر فصیح حکمت بالغ بخواند چون مسیح
And the new-born child becomes an eloquent divine and, like the Messiah (Christ), recites (words of) mature wisdom.
از کهی که یافت زان می خوش‌لبی صد غزل آموخت داود نبی
The prophet David learned a hundred odes (melodies) from the mountain that gained from that wine (the gift of) sweet song.
جمله مرغان ترک کرده چیک چیک هم‌زبان و یار داود ملیک
All the birds left off chirping and joined their voices with King David as accompanists.
چه عجب که مرغ گردد مست او هم شنود آهن ندای دست او
What wonder that a bird should be enraptured by him, since (even) iron obeyed the call of his hand?
صرصری بر عاد قتالی شده مر سلیمان را چو حمالی شده
A roaring wind became murderous to (the people of) ‘Ád, (but) to Solomon it became (serviceable) as a carrier.
صرصری می‌برد بر سر تخت شاه هر صباح و هر مسا یک ماهه راه
A roaring wind carried on its head the throne of the king (Solomon) a month’s journey every morn and eve.
هم شده حمال و هم جاسوس او گفت غایب را کنان محسوس او
It became both a carrier and a spy for him, making the talk of the absent to be apprehended by him.
باد دم که گفت غایب یافتی سوی گوش آن ملک بشتافتی
The waft of air that caught the words of the absent would hasten to the ear of the king,
که فلانی این چنین گفت این زمان ای سلیمان مه صاحب‌قران
Saying, “Such-and-such an one said so-and-so just now, O mighty Solomon of auspicious fortune!”


 

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