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  • He has not even the price of half a horseshoe, and thou art offering him (what is precious as) corundum and rubies.
  • نیست او را خود بهای نیم نعل  ** تو برو عرضه کنی یاقوت و لعل 
  • Cupidity hath blinded thee and will deprive thee (of blessedness): the Devil will make thee accursed like himself.
  • حرص کورت کرد و محرومت کند  ** دیو هم‌چون خویش مرجومت کند 
  • Just as that wrathful (fiend) made accursed like himself the Fellows of the Elephant and the people of Lot.
  • هم‌چنانک اصحاب فیل و قوم لوط  ** کردشان مرجوم چون خود آن سخوط 
  • The patient (devout and self-denying) have gained the Purchaser, since they did not hasten towards every purchaser. 1470
  • مشتری را صابران در یافتند  ** چون سوی هر مشتری نشتافتند 
  • He that averted his face from that Purchaser—fortune and felicity and everlasting life are quit of him.
  • آنک گردانید رو زان مشتری  ** بخت و اقبال و بقا شد زو بری 
  • Grief remains for ever (as a doom) on the covetous, as happened to the people of Zarwán in their envy.
  • ماند حسرت بر حریصان تا ابد  ** هم‌چو حال اهل ضروان در حسد 
  • Story of the people of Zarwán and their envy of the poor. “Our father,” they said, “from (foolish) sympathy used to give the poor the most part of the produce of his orchard.” When it was grapes, he would give a tithe; and when they were turned into raisins or syrup, he would give a tithe; and whenever he made halwá or pálúda, he would give a tithe; and he would give a tithe of the corn-sheaves, and when he threshed (the corn), he would give a tithe of the unthreshed ears mixed (with straw); and when he separated the wheat from the straw, he would give a tithe, and when he made flour, he would give a tithe; and when he leavened the dough, he would give a tithe; and when he made bread, he would give a tithe. Consequently, God most High had laid such a blessing on his orchard and crops that all the (other) owners of orchards were in need of him, both for fruit and money, while he needed nothing from any of them. His sons saw the repeated payment of tithes, and did not see the blessing, velut illa femina infelix quae veretrum asini vidit, curcurbitam non vidit. [Story of the people of Zarwán…. His sons saw the repeated payment of tithes, and did not see the blessing, just as that unfortunate woman who (only) saw the ass’s penis and did not see the gourd.]
  • قصه‌ی اهل ضروان و حسد ایشان بر درویشان کی پدر ما از سلیمی اغلب دخل باغ را به مسکینان می‌داد چون انگور بودی عشر دادی و چون مویز و دوشاب شدی عشر دادی و چون حلوا و پالوده کردی عشر دادی و از قصیل عشر دادی و چون در خرمن می‌کوفتی از کفه‌ی آمیخته عشر دادی و چون گندم از کاه جدا شدی عشر دادی و چون آرد کردی عشر دادی و چون خمیر کردی عشر دادی و چون نان کردی عشر دادی لاجرم حق تعالی در آن باغ و کشت برکتی نهاده بود کی همه اصحاب باغها محتاج او بدندی هم به میوه و هم به سیم و او محتاج هیچ کس نی ازیشان فرزندانشان خرج عشر می‌دیدند منکر و آن برکت را نمی‌دیدند هم‌چون آن زن بدبخت که کدو را ندید و خر را دید 
  • There was a righteous godly man: he had perfect intelligence and a (great) foresight as to the end.
  • بود مردی صالحی ربانیی  ** عقل کامل داشت و پایان دانیی 
  • In the village of Zarwán, near Yemen, (he was) renowned for (his) almsgiving and good disposition.
  • در ده ضروان به نزدیک یمن  ** شهره اندر صدقه و خلق حسن 
  • His abode was the Ka‘ba of the poor: the distressed were (always) coming to him. 1475
  • کعبه‌ی درویش بودی کوی او  ** آمدندی مستمندان سوی او 
  • He would give, unostentatiously, a tithe both of the ears of corn and of the wheat when it was separated from the chaff.
  • هم ز خوشه عشر دادی بی‌ریا  ** هم ز گندم چون شدی از که جدا