insaan

Published in baa;Ng-e daraa (The Sound of the Bell) (1924).
From: kulliyaat-e iqbaal urduu (Lahore: Shaikh Ghulam 'Ali and Sons Publishers, 1973 (and later reprints), *pp. 126-27*
Notice the spatial layout of the lines on the page, which I can't easily reproduce.

a nazm; *meter*: = = - / - = - = / - = =
(the third and fourth syllables may be replaced by one long)

Urdu spellings reflect adjustments made for the sake of the meter.
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Here's *a serial glossary*.

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1) this is a strange cruelty of nature!
 
qudrat ka ((ajiib yih sitam hai !
     
     
2) it made man a secret-seeker
 
insaan ko raaz-juu banaayaa
3) it hid the secret from his gaze
 
raaz us kii nigaah se chhupaayaa
     
     
4) the relish of awareness is restless
 
betaab hai ;zauq aagahii kaa
5) the mystery of life does not become revealed
 
khultaa nahii;N bhed zindagii kaa
     
     
6) amazement is the beginning and the consummation
 
;hairat aa;Gaaz-o-intihaa hai
7) in the mirror-house, what else is there?
 
aa))iine ke ghar me;N aur kyaa hai ?
     
     
8) the wave of the river is eager to move
 
hai garm-e ;xiraam mauj-e daryaa
9) the river is on the road toward the ocean
 
daryaa suu-e ba;hr jaadah-pemaa
     
10) the wind is carrying the cloud away
 
baadal ko havaa u;Raa rahii hai
11) it is bearing it on its shoulders
 
shaano;N pah u;Thaa))e laa rahii hai
     
12) the stars are intoxicated with the wine of destiny
 
taare mast-e sharaab-e taqdiir
13) in the prison of the sky, with feet chained
 
zindaan-e falak me;N paa bazanjiir
     
14) the sun, that dawn-creating worshipper
 
;xvurshiid , vuh ((aabid-e sa;har-;xez
15) is about to bring the message, "arise"
= The quotation marks, like other punctuation marks in the Urdu, are supplied by Iqbal himself
 
laane-vaalaa payaam-e " bar-;xez "
     
16) having hidden itself in the hills of the west
 
ma;Grib kii pahaa;Riyo;N me;N chhup kar
17) it drinks the cup of the wine of sunset
 
piitaa hai may-e shafaq kaa saa;Gar
     
18) everything seizes the relish of existence
 
la;z;zat-giir-e vujuud har shay
19) everything is intoxicated with the wine of presence
 
sar-mast-e may-e numuud har shay
     
     
20) there's no sympathizer for man
 
ko))ii nahii;N ;Gam-gusaar-e insaa;N !
21) how bitter is the livelihood of man!
 
kyaa tal;x hai rozgaar-e insaa;N !
     
 
 
 

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