Gah Humse Khafa Wo Hain Gahe Un Se Khafa Hum

gah ham se khafa vo hain gahe un se khafa ham

muddat se isi tarah nibhi jaati hai baham

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

for ages we have managed in this manner mutually

karte hain ghalat yaar se izhar-e-vafa ham

sabit jo hua ishq kuja yaar kuja 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 nahin kam nashsha-e-nakhvat

taqva men bhi sahba ka uthate hain maza ham

greater than headiness of wine is headiness of pride

for rapture more than alcohol does abstinence provide

maujud hai jo laao jo matlub hai vo lo

mushtaq-e-vafa tum ho talabgar-e-jafa ham

give me what is present, take whatever you need

you desire faithfulness, being tortured is my creed

ne taba pareshan thi na khatir mutafarriq

vo din bhi ajab the ki ham aur aap the baham

untroubled was my temperament,my being was not undone

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

kya karte hain kya sunte hain kya dekhte hain haae

us shokh ke jab kholte hain band-e-qaba 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 kahin zinhar na DhunDo

ai ‘shefta’ ya murgh-e-chaman rakhte hain ya ham

to seek this style of singing elsewhere I would not advise

either sheftaa carries it, else birds of paradise

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