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Prayer
Oh, river of beauty and light!
 A drop of light, give me
 Eyes that are full of laughter and
 Give me lips that are full of pleasure
 For this fond, little heart, I ask you
 Some sign of beloved, give me
 Oh ocean of light and beauty
 Just a drop of light, give me
 For this dark-palace of sorrow 
 A mere spark of light is needed
 And eyes that are full of laughter
 And lips that are full of pleasure
 For this ecstasy and longing,
 An image of beloved, give me
 Some fondness of your love
 to be proud of your beauty
 For this garden that’s dried up
 A promise of spring is all I ask
 Not that I’m asking for paradise
 Nor the mount Toor, give me
 An interpretive sign, I seek
 Of this dream’s existence and time
 A heart, that of a king, grant me
 And a chest that of a Faqir

- Ghani Khan

Original poem by: Sir Imtiaz Ahmad Sahibzadah
Re-translated by: Omar Khogiani 

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