Struggle has continued from eternity till the present day
Between the lamp of Mustafa and the spark of Bu Lahab
Life is flame-tempered, high-minded and fervent
It's nature is resolving difficulty, bearing cruelty
From the evening's quietude till the morning's song
There are many a stage of the midnight wailing!
Struggle exists between the heat and cold, throbbing and shaping
From the dark dust to the polished glass of Halab!
The phenomena of making and breaking, squeezing, heating and distilling
Exist between the drop of spring rain and the heat of the grape wine!
Nations live by this continuous struggle alone
This alone is the secret of the Arab nation's struggle!
The tavern-keepers making wine from the grape
Break the stars and construct the sun