A nation’s life is illumined by Selfhood,
Selfhood is the pathway to everlasting life.
Earth-bound crows cannot aspire to the cagle’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,