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EPISTLE FROM DREAMSCAPE 🇵🇰

While reading “Baang-Daraa” by the Poet of the East, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, I came across his short little poem, eulogising world’s most favourite writer, poet and dramatist, William Shakespeare.
اِس میں آپ غور کیجئے کہ ایک بڑا آدمی، دوسرے بڑے آدمی کی کیسے تعریف کرتا ھے!
Iqbal brilliantly places Shakespeare at such a lofty intellectual pedestal, found seldom, even in English literary canon!
ENJOY HOW THE BEST BRAIN OF THE EAST, PRAISES THE BEST BRAIN OF THE WEST!
IN IQBAL, THE EAST AND THE WEST MERGE SO SEAMLESSLY!
BECAUSE, AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL HUMANITY IS ONE!
ALL ARTISTIC CREATIVITY IS ONE!
شیکسپیئر

شفقِ صُبح کو، دريا کا خرام آئینہ،
نغمہِ شام کو، خاموشیِ شام آئينہ—

برگِ گل آئنہِ عارضِ زيبائے بہار،
شاہدِ مے کے لیے، حُجلہ جام آئينہ—

حُسن آئنہ حق، اور دل، آئنہ حُسن،
دلِ انساں کو ترا حُسنِ کلام آئينہ—

ہے ترے فکرِ فلک رَس سے کمالِ ہستی،
کيا تری فطرتِ روشن تھی، مآل ہستی—

تجھ کو جب ديدئہ ديدارِ طلب نے ڈھونڈا،
تابِ خورشيد میں، خورشيد کو پِنہاں ديکھا—

چشمِ عالم سے تو ہستی رہی مستُور تری،
اور عالَم کو تری آنکھ نے عُرياں ديکھا—

حفظِ اَسرار کا فطرت کو ہے سودا ایسا،
رازداں، پھر نہ کرے گی کوئی پيدا ايسا——–

SHAKESPEARE

The river’s sweep is mirror to the morning’s breaking light,
The evening silence: mirror to the song of eventide;

The rose’s petal: mirror to the beauteous cheek of spring,
The handsome server: mirror to the gorgeousness of wine;

Beauty is mirror to the truth, and the heart mirrors beauty,
Your created words’ beauty, mirrors all the heart of humankind;

Existence finds perfection in your star-bestriding thought,
Is your creation’s splendor, why the universe was wrought?

The eye that wanted to behold you, when it looked to you,
Saw but the sun by its own brilliance hidden everywhere;

You kept yourself well hidden from the eyes of all the world,
But with your own two eyes, you saw the world laid clear and bare;

The watchful hand of Nature guards its secrets extremely jealously,
Never again, will it give birth to, the one so well-versed, in life’s eternal mystery!!!

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