Quotation by Muhammad Iqbal, Sir

Thou didst create the night, but I made the lamp.
Thou didst create clay, but I made the cup.
Thou didst create the deserts, mountains and forests,
I produced the orchards, gardens and groves.
It is I who made the glass out of stone,
And it is I who turn a poison into an antidote.
Muhammad, Sir Iqbal (1873–1938), Indian poet, philosopher. Quoted in Anita Desai, The Clear Light of Day, ch. 2 (1980).
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