No links with that Momin1 the God would keep,
Who keeps no conscious soul with self’s deep peep.
My friend’s Maktab way I left that is why,
No youth I found there with self guarding eye.

1.         Momin; faithful.

We find this thought of Iqbal in another verse:

A youth of Maktab though has life’s main flow,
Being dead borrowed breath from a white man, lo!