Respect is the
dress of a sage or fool,
A lucky man likes to make it a rule.
With that Muslim child I keep no love ehains,
In wisdom who gains in respect who wanes.1
1. Line 2, 3, 4. 2nd Version.
Respect is the dress of a
sage or fool,
My hero knows respects laws and rules.
To that Muslim child I would disdain,
In wisdom who tops in respect who wanes.
Iqbal has expressed this thought in a stylish way in another verse (Javed Namah page 205).
‘His path’ means burning
in passion’s heat,
Its start is respect, its end the love sweet.