A Child’s Invocation

My longing comes to my lips as supplication of mine
O God! May like the candle be the life of mine!

May the world’s darkness disappear through this life of mine!
May every place light up with the sparkling light of mine!

May my homeland through me attain elegance,
As the garden through flowers attains elegance.

May my life like that of the moth be, O Lord!
May I love the lamp of knowledge, O Lord!

May supportive of the poor my life’s way be,
May loving the old, the suffering my way be.

O God, Protect me from the evil ways,
Show me the path leading to the good ways.

Allama Iqbal