Qabz Ki Rooh Teri De Ke Tujhe Fikr-e-Muash
This age that’s with us is your angel of death,
Its bread and butter cares catch your soul’s breath.
Zindagi Mout Hai, Koh Deti Hai Jab Zauq-e-Kharash
Your heart recoils from shock of combat; life
Is death, that deadens in men the joy of strife.
Jo Ye Kehta Tha Khird Se Ke Bahane Na Tarash
Learning estranged you from such exaltation
As would not let man’s mind desert its station;
Jis Mein Rakh Di Hai Ghulami Ne Nigah-e-Khaffash
A falcon’s eyes were yours by Nature’s right,
Slavishness left them only a poor wren’s sight,
Khalwat-e-Koh-o-Byaban Mein Woh Asrar Hain Fash
And the schools hid from them those mysteries
That yield to hill’s and deserts still assize.