Adam Ko Bhi Dekha Hai Kisi Ne Kabhi Baidar?
One night among the planets the Star of Morning said—
“Has ever star seen slumber desert Man’s drowsy head?”
Hai Nind Hi Iss Chotte Se Fitne Ko Sazawar
“Fate, being nimble‐witted,” Bright Mercury returned,
“Served well that pretty rebel—Tame sleep was what he earned!”
Iss Karmak-e-Shab-e-Kaur Se Kya Hum Ko Sarokar!
“Have we,” asked Venus, “nothing to talk about besides?
Or what is it to us, where that night‐blind firefly hides?”
Tum Shab Ko Namoodar Ho, Woh Din Ko Namoodar
“A star,” the Full Moon answered, “Is man, of terrene ray:
You walk the night in splendor, But so does he the day;
Unchi Hai Surayya Se Bhi Ye Khak-e-Pur-Asrar
“Let him once learn the joy of outwatching night’s brief span—
Higher than all the Pleiades the unfathomed dust of Man!
Kho Jaen Ge Aflak Ke Sub Sabit-o-Sayyar
Closed in that dust a radiance lies hidden, in whose clear light
Shall all the sky’s fixed tenures and orbits fade from sight.”
Woh Naara Ke Hil Jata Hai Jis Se Dil-e-Kuhsar!
—Suddenly rose the prayer‐call, and overwhelmed heaven’s lake;
That summons at which even cold hearts of mountains quake.