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  • هر دو گونه نقش استادی اوست ** زشتی او نیست آن رادی اوست‏
  • Both kinds of pictures are (evidence of) his mastery: those (ugly ones) are not (evidence of) his ugliness; they are (evidence of) his bounty.
  • زشت را در غایت زشتی کند ** جمله زشتیها به گردش بر تند 2540
  • He makes the ugly of extreme ugliness––it is invested with all (possible) uglinesses––
  • تا کمال دانشش پیدا شود ** منکر استادی‏اش رسوا شود
  • In order that the perfection of his skill may be displayed, (and that) the denier of his mastery may be put to shame.
  • ور نداند زشت کردن ناقص است ** زین سبب خلاق گبر و مخلص است‏
  • And if he cannot make the ugly, he is deficient (in skill) hence He (God) is the Creator of (both) the infidel and the sincere (faithful).
  • پس از این رو کفر و ایمان شاهداند ** بر خداوندیش و هر دو ساجداند
  • From this point of view, then, (both) infidelity and faith are bearing witness to His Lordliness, and both are bowing down in worship.
  • لیک مومن دان که طوعا ساجد است ** ز انکه جویای رضا و قاصد است‏
  • But know that the faithful (believer) bows down willingly, because he is seeking (God’s) pleasure and aiming (at that).
  • هست کرها گبر هم یزدان پرست ** لیک قصد او مرادی دیگر است‏ 2545
  • The infidel too is a worshipper of God, (though) unwillingly; but his aim is (directed towards) another object of desire.
  • قلعه‏ی سلطان عمارت می‏کند ** لیک دعوی امارت می‏کند
  • (It is true that) he keeps the King’s fortress in good repair; but he is claiming to be in command.
  • گشته یاغی تا که ملک او بود ** عاقبت خود قلعه سلطانی شود
  • He has become a rebel, to the intent that it may be his domain; (but) verily, in the end the fortress comes to be the King’s.
  • مومن آن قلعه برای پادشاه ** می‏کند معمور نه از بهر جاه‏
  • The faithful believer keeps that fortress in good repair for the sake of the King, not for place (and power).