Firefly And Bird
Kisi Tehni Pe Baitha Ga Raha Tha
Early one Evening the sweet voice was heard,
As it sat on a twig, of a carolling bird.
Urha Taeer Usse Jugnu Samajh Kar
When it spied something glittering there on the ground
It flew to the place and a firefly it found.
Na Kar Bekas Pe Manqar-e-Hawas Taiz
The firefly said: “Bird of the musical charm,
Take your sharp beak away: do a poor one no harm,
Ussi Allah Ne Mujh Ko Chamak Di
Allah granted you song and gave the flower scent:
That same Allah to me did my lustre present.
Patangon Ke Jahan Ka Toor Hun Main
My being is hidden in garments of light,
The zenith of creatures that flutter in flight.
Chamak Meri Bhi Firdous-e-Nazar Hai
If your dulcet note has of Heaven the ear,
The eye of that Heaven sees my gleaming clear.
Tujhe Uss Ne Sadaye Dil Ruba Di
While Nature with sparkle did cover my wing
It gave you the song that charms hearts when you sing.
Mujhe Gulzar Ki Mashal Banaya
It instructed yours beak in all musical grace
And made me the torch of the garden’s space.
Diya Hai Souz Mujh Ko, Saaz Tujh Ko
Flashing it gave you: to me it gave voice.
My portion is radiance: in song you rejoice.
Jahan Mein Saaz Ka Hai Hum Nasheen Souz
Radiance and song in this world are not foes;
They cling to each other in harmony close.
Zahoor-e-Auj-o-Pasti Hai Inhi Se
Creation’s firm frame is compact of the two:
All heights and all depths are to both alike due.
Iss Se Hai Bahar Iss Bostan Ki
They mingle together to make every thing;
In this garden from both comes the beauty of spring.”