The Rose with its redolent petals

by Mirza Ghalib

English version by Riaz Ahmad
Original Language Urdu

The Rose with its redolent petals
The Water lily with its robe of virgin white
These have surely come to us in transmigration
Of but a few of those
Endowed with sublime beauty and grace.
     Some embrace death to sprout again
     But most, forever, in dust remain.

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