Noah continued to call his people to God for nine hundred years,
but their denial would increase moment by moment.
Did he ever pull back the reins of speech?
Did he ever creep into the cave of silence?
He said to himself, "Does a caravan turn back from a journey
because of the barking and clamor of dogs?
On a luminous night does the outcry of dogs
delay the full moon in its course?"
The moon sheds light and the dog barks:
everyone proceeds according to his nature.
Nuh nohsad sâl da`vat mi namud
dam be-dam enkâr-e qawmesh mi fozud
Hich az goftan `enân vâpas keshid
hich andar ghâr-e khâmushi khazid
Goft "Az bâng o `alâlâ-ye sagân
hich vâ gardad ze râhi kârvân
Yâ shab-e mahtâb az ghawghâ-ye sag
sost gardad badr-râ dar sayr-e tag?"
Mah feshânad nur va sag `aw`aw konad
har kasi bar khelqat-e khvod mi tanad
--Mathnawi V: 10-14
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra
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