faiz-ahmad-faiz

Ai Sham Mehrban Ho

ai shaam mehrban ho

ai sham-e-shahryaran

ham pe bhi mehrban ho

dozakhi dopahar sitam ki

be-sabab sitam ki

dopahar dard-o-ghaiz-o-gham ki

be-zaban dard-o-ghaiz-o-gham ki

is dozakhi dopahar ke taziyane

aaj tan par dhanak ki surat

qaus-dar-qaus bat gae hain

zakhm sab khul gae hain

daagh jaana tha chhat gae hain

tire toshe men kuchh to hoga

marham-e-dard ka do-shala

tan ke us ang par udha de

dard sab se siva jahan ho

ai shaam mehrban ho

ai sham-e-shaharyaran

ham pe mehrban ho

Evening, Be Gracious

dozakhi dasht nafraton ke

bedard nafraton ke

kirchiyan dida-e-hasad ki

khas-o-khashak ranjishon ke

itni sunsan shahrahen

itni gunjan qatl-gahen

jin se aae hain ham guzar kar

aabla ban ke har qadam par

yuun paanv kat gae hain

raste simat gae hain

makhmalen apne badalon ki

aaj panv-tale bichha de

shafi-e-karb-e-rah-ravan ho

ai shaam mehrban ho

ai mah-e-shab-e-nigaran

ai rafiq-e-dil-figaran

is shaam ham-zaban ho

ai shaam mehrban ho

ai shaam mehrban ho

ai sham-e-shaharyaran

ham pe mehrban ho

O evening, be gracious—

O evening of the city of friends

be gracious to me.

the hellish noon of oppression,

senseless cruelties,

the noon of pain, rage and sorrow,

inarticulate pain, rage and sorrow,

the whiplashes of this demonic noon—

are all, like the rainbow, branded no my body

arc within arc.

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