|O manly heart, the goal you seek is hard to gain like gem unique:|
Get firm resolve and freedom true, if aim of life you wish to woo.
|Like Sanjar great and Tughral just to rule and conquer learn you must:|
Or like a qalandar true and bold the wont and way of monarch hold.
|Farabi’s thirst for lore beget, or Rumi’s fever great and fret:|
You need a thinker’s lofty gaze, or Moses’ passion to amaze.
|Learn the wolfish tricks and guile, be like Franks in wit and wile:|
Else own the passion of God’s Hand, or strike the foes like Tartar band.
|Act on Muslim law and rites, or sit in fane like acolytes:|
Be it the Shrine or temple high, ever like a drunkard cry.
|In whatsoever state you be, a fettered thrall or monarch free:|
No wonder ever can be wrought, with Love, if courage be not fraught.
Translated by: Syed Akbar Ali Shah