To tyrants of
this age I would thus say,
An axe I use not in the Farhad’s way.
From the prick of thorn I cherish in heart,
A mountain’s heart too could be torn apart.1
In text Iqbal says ‘Pervez’ of this age, a title of the old kings of Persia,
tyrants of that age.
In Persian legends Farhad was the lover of Shirin, a princess of Persia, who was entrusted the task of making a canal from a mountain (called Baestoon).