The servant of God has no need of any station,
no man is his slave, and he is the slave of none;
the servant of God is a free man, that is all,
his kingdom and laws are given by God alone,
his customs, his way, his faith, his laws are of God, 1235
of God his foul and fair, his bitter and sweet.
The self-seeking mind heeds not another’s welfare,
sees only its own benefit, not another’s;
God’s revelation sees the benefit of all,
its regard is for the welfare and profit of all. 1240
Just alike in peace and in the ranks of war,
His joining and parting are without fear and favour;
when other than God determines the aye and nay
then the strong man tyrannises over the weak;
in this world command is rooted in naked power; 1245
mastery drawn from other than God is pure unbelief.
The tyrannical ruler who is well-versed in power
builds about himself a fortress made up of edicts;
white falcon, sharp of claw and swift to seize,
he takes for his counsellor the silly sparrow 1250
giving to tyranny its constitution and laws,
a sightless man giving collyrium to the blind.
What results from the laws and constitutions of kings?
Fat lords of the manor, peasants lean as spindles!
Woe to the constitution of the democracy of Europe! 1255
The sound of that trumpet renders the dead still deader;
those tricksters, treacherous as the revolving spheres,
have played the nations by their own rules, and swept the board!
Robbers they, this one wealthy, that one a toiler,
all the time lurking in ambush one for another; 1260
now is the hour to disclose the secret of those charmers—
we are the merchandise, and they take all the profits.
Their eyes are hard out of the love of silver and gold,
their sons are a burden upon their mothers’ backs.
Woe to a people who, out of fear for the fruit, 1265
carries off the very sap from the tree’s trunk
and, that the plectrum wins no melody from its strings,
slays the infant yet unborn in its mother’s womb.
For all its repertory of varied charms
I will take nothing from Europe except-a warning! 1270
You enchained to the imitation of Europe, be free,
clutch the skirt of the Koran, and be free!