Gah Humse Khafa Wo Hain Gahe Un Se Khafa Hum

gah ham se ḳhafā vo haiñ gahe un se ḳhafā ham

muddat se isī tarah nibhī jaatī hai bāham

at times I am cross with her, at times she with me

for ages we have managed in this manner mutually

karte haiñ ġhalat yaar se iz.hār-e-vafā ham

sābit jo huā ishq kujā yaar kujā ham

it is wrong of me to tell her of my loyalty

where is she and where am I, if love it proves to be

kuchh nashsha-e-mai se nahīñ kam nashsha-e-naḳhvat

taqvā meñ bhī sahbā kā uthāte haiñ mazā ham

greater than headiness of wine is headiness of pride

for rapture more than alcohol does abstinence provide

maujūd hai jo laao jo matlūb hai vo lo

mushtāq-e-vafā tum ho talabgār-e-jafā ham

give me what is present, take whatever you need

you desire faithfulness, being tortured is my creed

ne taba pareshāñ thī na ḳhātir mutafarriq

vo din bhī ajab the ki ham aur aap the bāham

untroubled was my temperament,my being was not undone

so full of wonder were those days, when you and I were one

kyā karte haiñ kyā sunte haiñ kyā dekhte haiñ haae

us shoḳh ke jab kholte haiñ band-e-qabā ham

what I do, what will I hear, what will I see at last

when that naughty damsel’s gown I manage to unfast

ye tarz-e-tarannum kahīñ zinhār na DhūñDo

ai ‘shefta’ yā murġh-e-chaman rakhte haiñ yā ham

to seek this style of singing elsewhere I would not advise

either sheftaa carries it, else birds of paradise

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