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  • Hilál was a spiritual adept and a man of illumined soul, (though he was) the groom and slave of a Moslem Amír. 1135
  • بد هلال استاددل جان‌روشنی  ** سایس و بنده‌ی امیری مومنی 
  • The youth served as a groom in the stable, but (he was really) a king of kings and a slave (only) in name.
  • سایسی کردی در آخر آن غلام  ** لیک سلطان سلاطین بنده نام 
  • The Amír was ignorant of his slave's (real) condition, for he had no discernment but of the sort possessed by Iblís.
  • آن امیر از حال بنده بی‌خبر  ** که نبودش جز بلیسانه نظر 
  • He saw the clay, but not the treasure (buried) in it: he saw the five (senses) and the six (directions), but not the source of the five.
  • آب و گل می‌دید و در وی گنج نه  ** پنج و شش می‌دید و اصل پنج نه 
  • The colour of clay is manifest, the light of religion is hidden: such was (the case of) every prophet in the world.
  • رنگ طین پیدا و نور دین نهان  ** هر پیمبر این چنین بد در جهان 
  • One (person) saw the minaret, but not the bird (perched) upon it, (though) upon the minaret (was) a fully accomplished royal falcon; 1140
  • آن مناره دید و در وی مرغ نی  ** بر مناره شاه‌بازی پر فنی 
  • And a second (observer) saw a bird flapping its wings, but not the hair in the bird's mouth (beak);
  • وان دوم می‌دید مرغی پرزنی  ** لیک موی اندر دهان مرغ نی 
  • But that one who was seeing by the light of God was aware both of the bird and of the hair,
  • وانک او ینظر به نور الله بود  ** هم ز مرغ و هم ز مو آگاه بود 
  • And said (to the other), “Pray, direct thine eye towards the hair: till thou see the hair, the knot will not be untied.”
  • گفت آخر چشم سوی موی نه  ** تا نبینی مو بنگشاید گره 
  • The one saw in the mud (only) figured clay, while the other saw clay replete with knowledge and works.
  • آن یکی گل دید نقشین دو وحل  ** وآن دگر گل دید پر علم و عمل