Ye Rang-O-Kaif Kahan Tha Shabab Se Pahle

ye rang-o-kaif kahan tha shabab se pahle

nazar kuchh aur thi mauj-e-sharab se pahle

na jaane haal ho kya daur-e-iztirab ke ba.ad

sukun mila na kabhi iztirab se pahle

vahi gharib hain ḳhana-ḳharab se ab bhi

ravan-davan the jo ḳhana-ḳharab se pahle

vahi hai hashr ka aalam ab inqalab ke ba.ad

jo hashr uTha tha yahan inqalab se pahle

mili hai tujh se to mahsus ho rahi hai nazar

nazar kahan thi tire intiḳhab se pahle

tabah haal zamane ko dekhiye ‘aḳhtar’

nazar uThaiye jam-e-sharab se pahle

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