|What avails love when life is so ephemeral?|
What avails a mortal’s love for the immortal?
|Love that is snuffed out by death’s passing blast|
Love without the pain, the passion that consumes?
|A flickering spark I am, aglow for a fleeting glance|
Flow vain for a flickering spark to chase an eternal flame!
|Grant me the bliss of eternal life, O Lord,|
And mine will be the ecstasy of eternal love.
|Give me the pleasure of an everlasting pain|
An agony that lacerates my soul for ever.
Translated by: Naim Siddiqui