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(5)Poems>Abu Hasan Shahriar
PRAYER FOR A GOLD COIN

I’ll be a king-beggar if I am bound to beg, 
		A gold plate I shall hold 
forward.
A gold coin you can give me if you wish–
Gold coin; yes, gold coin; a gold coin it is. 
Empty is my plate; even not a paisa is there–
		So valuable is a gold plate!
Ordinary things wouldn’t satisfy my heart. 
If I’m to beg you should give me a gold coin.
Only you I want, dear princess–
I haven’t lust for half of the kingdom.
Don’t have I long for the crown; 
More I like is to kneel down at your feet 
than to be seated on the throne. 
Hence ordinary things you shouldn’t give me; 
That wouldn’t quench my thirst.
If you want me to beg, 
you should give me a gold coin.
Translation: Nazib Wadood

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