Should any one speak about intellect and ability, certainly, I possess them;
But since good fortune assisteth me not, unto whom shall I mention such things?
In this world, the gift of fidelity and sincerity is alchemy itself;
Wherefore, then, should I be covetous to obtain it from any one?
The fruit of constancy and faith, is not to be found in the world’s garden
I search for it, bootlessly, and unavailingly, upon every tree.
That rain which falleth upon the waters, and mixeth with them,
How shall I such rain account, amongst other genial showers?
My foolishness hath become predominant over my sense and prudence-
Unprofitably, I cast back my pearls into the depths of ocean again.
By means of fate, it will neither decrease, nor will it increase-
I do not consume that daily-bread which belongeth not to me.
Whatever may remain redundant, out of my daily sustenance,
Like unto a thing given in trust, I preserve for the use of others.
What place, in the present time, is free from deceit, and from imposture?
O tell me where! that there I may flee, and escape from them.
If there had been any safety in flight, from destiny I had been free;
But, alas! where shall I direct my steps, to be safe from its decrees?
Cruel fortune stoneth me with the stone of calamity and perfidy;
Whilst I, silly that I am, carry a shield of glass before my face.
When, from its advent, I obtained neither happiness nor joy,
Wherefore should I make my heart sad, by severance therefrom?
They were wont to say that patience is the sign of success;
Therefore, I Khushal, with resignation gird up my heart.
(Khoshal Khan Khattak)
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