|A nation’s life is illumined by selfhood,|
Selfhood is the pathway to everlasting life.
This one thing that Adam is not without the Purpose—
A manifold life, a manifold leisure!
Earth‑bound crows cannot aspire to the eagle’s flights,
But they corrupt the eagle’s lofty, noble habits.
May God make thee a virtuous, blameless youth;
Thou livest in an age deprived of decency.
Iqbal was not at ease in a monastery,
For he is bright, and sprightly, and full of wit,