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Read the First Alphabet and be Free!

By Bulleh Shah Translated by Muzaffar A. Ghaffaar Read the first alphabet and be free The first alphabet became two bodies, then four Then became thousands, lakhs, a crore From there became countless more The unique alphabet’s dot a lone … Continue reading

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Every moment love’s a new surge of spring

By Bulleh Shah Every moment love’s a new surge of spring The lesson of love-rapture when first I read The mosque my heart began to dread Into the Thakur’s abode I fled Where a thousand conches sing Every moment love’s … Continue reading

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New Year Reflections 2011

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To be, or not to be:

To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To … Continue reading

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A Red, Red Rose – Robert Burns

Sung by Andy M. Stewart O my Luve’s like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly played in tune. As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve … Continue reading

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The Fly – William Blake

Little Fly, Thy summer’s play My thoughtless hand Has brush’d away. Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me? For I dance And drink, & sing, Till some blind hand Shall brush my … Continue reading

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Of Old Sat Freedom – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Of old sat Freedom on the heights, The thunders breaking at her feet: Above her shook the starry lights: She heard the torrents meet. There in her place she did rejoice, Self-gather’d in her prophet-mind, But fragments of her mighty … Continue reading

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