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  • خلق ما بر صورت خود کرد حق ** وصف ما از وصف او گیرد سبق
  • God created us in His image: our qualities are instructed by (are modeled upon) His qualities.
  • چونک آن خلاق شکر و حمدجوست ** آدمی را مدح‌جویی نیز خوست 1195
  • Inasmuch as the Creator desires thanksgiving and glorification, it is also the nature of man to desire praise,
  • خاصه مرد حق که در فضلست چست ** پر شود زان باد چون خیک درست
  • Especially the man of God, who is active in (showing) excellence: he becomes filled with that wind (of praise), like an undamaged leathern bag;
  • ور نباشد اهل زان باد دروغ ** خیک بدریدست کی گیرد فروغ
  • But if he (the recipient of praise) be not worthy, the bag is rent by that wind of falsehood: how should it receive lustre?
  • این مثل از خود نگفتم ای رفیق ** سرسری مشنو چو اهلی و مفیق
  • I have not invented this parable, O comrade: do not hear it (as though it were) silly, if thou art worthy and restored to thy senses.
  • این پیمبر گفت چون بشنید قدح ** که چرا فربه شود احمد به مدح
  • The Prophet (Mohammed) said (something like) this, when he heard vituperation (from the infidels who asked), “Why is Ahmad (Mohammed) made fat (happy) by praise?”
  • رفت شاعر پیش آن شاه و ببرد ** شعر اندر شکر احسان کان نمرد 1200
  • The poet went to the king and brought a poem in thanks (and praise) for (his) beneficence, saying that it (beneficence) never died.
  • محسنان مردند و احسانها بماند ** ای خنک آن را که این مرکب براند
  • The beneficent died, and (their) acts of beneficence remained: oh, blest is he that rode this steed!
  • ظالمان مردند و ماند آن ظلمها ** وای جانی کو کند مکر و دها
  • The unjust died, and those acts of injustice remained: alas for the soul that practises deceit and fraud!
  • گفت پیغامبر خنک آن را که او ** شد ز دنیا ماند ازو فعل نکو
  • The Prophet said, “Blest is he who departed from this world and left good deeds behind him.”