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وما نيل المطالب بالتمني

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by sara-lingo, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. sara-lingo Senior Member

    Hi all,
    What does the highlighted couplet mean?

    وكان بيانه للهدي سيلا
    وكانت خيله للحق غابا
    وعلمنا بناء المجد حتى
    أخذنا إمرة الأرض اغتصابا
    وما نيل المطالب بالتمني
    ولكن تؤخذ الدنيا غلابا

    This is how I understand it: And what is the point of wanting things by wishing, the dunya/world can (only) be taken by overpowering it...?

  2. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    I can't think of a good translation, but he says that one can't get what he wants by merely wishing for it; one has to work hard to get what he wants.
  3. sara-lingo Senior Member

    Thanks Cherine!

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