Jo Shay Ki Haqiqat Ko Na Dekhe, Woh Nazar Kya
O people with observing eyes, a taste for observation is a good things,
But what good is observation if it does not see the inwardness of things?
Ye Aik Nafs Ya Do Nafs Misl-e-Sharar Kya
The aim of art should be to generate a vital flame that never dies.
What use is a mere momentary spark?
Ae Qatra-e-Neesan Woh Sadaf Kya, Woh Guhar Kya
What good, O rain‐drop, if you do not agitate the bosom of the sea,
And are content to be a pearl lodged in a mother‐of‐pearl’s womb?
Jis Se Chaman Afsurdah Ho Woh Baad-e-Sehar Kya
What good a breath of morning breeze, Whether as poet’s verse or singer’s air,
If it can only make the garden wilt?
Jo Zarb-e-Kaleemi Nahin Rakhta Woh Hunar Kya!
O never without miracles do people rise;
What good is art that does not have the impact of the rod of Moses?