Madiralaya mein kab se baitha, Pee na saka ab tak haala, Yatna sahit bharta hoon, koi Kintu ulat deta pyala; Manav-Bal ke aage nirbal Bhagya suna vidyalaya mein; 'Bhagya-prabal, manav nirbal' ka Paath padhati Madhushala.
( Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Madhushala)
(Complete Madhushala in Devnagri is available on my “Writings Page“. Check out the section “Hindi Poems by Others”)
Literal Translation (To the extent I could do it)
For so long I have been sitting in the wine-shop, but have not been able to drink wine. I fill up the glass with dedicated effort, but somebody turns down the glass (so that the wine spills out). That fate is powerless before man’s power is what I had heard in the school. The tavern teaches the lesson of the fate being powerful and men being powerless.