Qudrat Ka Ajeeb Ye Sitam Hai!
Nature has played a strange and wanton joke
Insan Ko Raaz Jo Banaya
Raaz Uss Ki Nigah Se Chupaya
Making man a seeker of secrets,
But hiding the secrets from his view!
Be-Taab Hai Zauq Aaghi Ka
Khulta Nahin Bhaid Zindagi Ka
The urge for knowledge gives him no rest,
But the secret of life remains undiscovered.
Hairat Aaghaz-o-Intiha Hai
Aaeene Ke Ghar Mein Aur Kya Hai
Wonder is at the beginning and the end—
What else is there in this house of mirrors?
Hai Garm-e-Kharaam Mouj-e-Darya
Darya Sooye Behr Jadah Pema
The wave of the river glides along,
The river follows its course to the ocean,
Badal Ko Hawa Urha Rahi Hai
Shanon Pe Uthaye La Rahi Hai
The wind sweeps the clouds along,
Bearing them on its shoulders,
Zindan-e-Falak Mein Pa Ba Zanjeer
The stars are drunk with the wine of fate,
And lie chained in the sky’s prison;
Khursheed, Woh Abid-e-Sehar Khaiz
Lane Wala Pyam-e-‘Barkhaiz’
The sun, a worshipper who gets up at dawn,
And calls out the message ‘Arise!’,
Magrib Ki Pahariyon Mein Chup Kar
Peeta Hai Mai-e-Shafaq Ka Saghar
Is hiding in the western hills,
Drinking a cup of reddish wine.
Lazzat Geer-e-Wujood Harshay
Sarmast-e-Mai-e-Namood Har Shay
All things delight in their very existence,
They are drunk with the wine of being.
Koi Nahin Gham Gusaar-e-Insaar
Kya Talkh Hai Rozgar-e-Insan!
But there is no one to drive away his sorrow—
How bitter are the days of man!