mirza-ghalib

Aah Ko Chahiye Ek Umr Asar Hote Tak

aah ko chahiye ik umr asar hote tak

kaun jiita hai tiri zulf ke sar hote tak

A prayer needs a lifetime, an answer to obtain

who can live until the time that you decide to deign

dam-e-har-mauj men hai halqa-e-sad-kam-e-nahang

dekhen kya guzre hai qatre pe guhar hote tak

snares are spread in every wave, and reptiles in each lure

see, till it turns into a pearl, what must a drop endure

ashiqi sabr-talab aur tamanna betab

dil ka kya rang karun khun-e-jigar hote tak

Love has a need for patience, desires are a strain

as long my ache persists, how shall my heart sustain

ham ne maana ki taghaful na karoge lekin

khaak ho jaenge ham tum ko khabar hote tak

Agreed, you won’t ignore me, I know but then again

Into dust will I be turned, your audience till I gain

partav-e-khur se hai shabnam ko fana ki taalim

main bhi huun ek inayat ki nazar hote tak

the Sun’s burning intensity is the dewdrop’s bane

So till I’m favoured with a glance, I too shall remain

yak nazar besh nahin fursat-e-hasti ghafil

garmi-e-bazm hai ik raqs-e-sharar hote tak

O ignorant, less than a glance does life’s leisure remain

for the dancing of the spark will the warmth sustain

gham-e-hasti ka ‘asad’ kis se ho juz marg ilaaj

shama har rang men jalti hai sahar hote tak

save death, Asad what else release from this life of pain?

a Lamp must burn in every hue till dawn is there again

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