The anguish of Bahadur Shah Zafar

The last of the Mughal Emperors – Bahadur Shah Zafar – died in exile after the 1857 War of Independence. He was a gifted poet and a patron of struggling artists in Delhi. I found a translation of his famous ghazal here. Below is an image of a stamp with an image of verses by Zafar

Lagta nahiin hai jii mera ujray dayar mein
Kis kii banii hai aalam-e-na-payedar mein

Kah do in hasarataun se kahiin awr jaa basen
Itanii jagah kahan hai dil-i daaghdaar mein

My heart is not happy in this despoiled land
Who has ever felt fulfilled in this transient world

Tell these emotions to go dwell elsewhere
Where is there space for them in this besmirched (bloodied) heart

Published on May 7, 2007 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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