Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal is the national poet of Pakistan. He was born on 9th November, 1877. This blog is about the life and poetry of Allama Iqbal. This Blog has the poerty of Iqbal in Urdu, Roman Urdu and English translation.

Saturday 24 November 2012

LOVE AND DEATH (Adapted From Lord Alfred Tennyson)

The hour of the Universe' appearance was charming
The flower-bud of life was showering smiles

Here the golden crown, the sun was getting
There the moon its moon-light was getting

The dark gown to the night was being given
Training of brightness to stars was being given

The Existence's branch was getting leaves here
The bud of life was bursting out there

The angels were teaching weeping to the dew
For the first time the rose was laughing

They were conferring pathos on the poet's heart
Khudi for the wine of Bekhudi was pining

For the first time dark black clouds were appearing
As if some Houri of Paradise with open hair was standing

The earth was claiming elegance of the sky
The space was claiming to be boundless

In short so beautiful the sight was
That seeing it in itself a panorama was

The angels their flying powers were testing
Eternal lights from their foreheads were appearing

An angel called Love there was
Whose guidance everyone's hope was

The angel who the embodiment of restlessness was
Angel among angels and restless like mercury he was

He was going towards the Paradise for a stroll
He met death on its way by the destiny's roll

He asked death, "What is the name and work of yours?
I do not want to encounter the face of yours"

Hearing this said the angel of death
"My work is clear, I am the angel of death

I shatter the chattels of existence
I extinguish the spark of life

The magic of annihilation is in my eyes
The message of destruction is its symbol

But there is one entity in the Universe
It is fire, I am only mercury before it

It lives in the human heart as a spark
It is the darling of the Divine Light

It constantly drips as tears from the eyes
The tears whose bitterness is tolerable"

When Love heard this from the death's lips ,
Laughter started appearing from its lips

The thunder of such smile descended on death
How can darkness stay in front of such light?

On seeing eternity to death it fell
Death it was, to death it fell

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