To The Artists
Ishq Se Hai Paidar Teri Khudi Ka Wujood
Sun, moon and Jupiter shine their hour;
Your self burns on, fed by Love’s power.
Tang Hai Tere Liye Surkh-o-Spaid-o-Kubood
Your creed knows nothing of race or hue:
No credit in white or black, or blue!
Teri Khudi Ka Huzoor Alam-e-Shair-o-Surood
Where selfhood droops, doubts fight ding‐dong;
Where it blooms—a world of verse and song!
Tere Hunar Ka Jahan Dair-o-Tawaf-o-Sujood
If your soul rot under slavery’s blight,
Your art an idolater’s soulless rite;
Teri Sipah Ins-o-Jinn, Tu Hai Ameer-e-Junood!
If sense of your own greatness sway you,
Legions of men and Jinn obey you!