koi ummid bar nahin aati

Mirza Ghalib

koi ummid bar nahin aati

Mirza Ghalib

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    koī ummīd bar nahīñ aatī

    koī sūrat nazar nahīñ aatī

    no hope is there that now comes to light

    nor is there any avenue in sight

    maut ek din muayyan hai

    niind kyuuñ raat bhar nahīñ aatī

    when for death a day has been ordained

    what reason that I cannot sleep all night?

    aage aatī thī hāl-e-dil pe hañsī

    ab kisī baat par nahīñ aatī

    nothing now could even make me smile,

    I once could laugh at my heart's own plight

    jāntā huuñ savāb-e-tā.at-o-zohd

    par tabī.at idhar nahīñ aatī

    virtues of restraint and prayer I know

    but neither do my temperament excite

    hai kuchh aisī baat jo chup huuñ

    varna kyā baat kar nahīñ aatī

    Do you think I know not how to speak?

    There's something- my tongue I have to bite

    kyuuñ na chīḳhūñ ki yaad karte haiñ

    merī āvāz gar nahīñ aatī

    when absence of my voice makes her pine

    why then should I not shout with all my might?

    dāġh-e-dil gar nazar nahīñ aatā

    bhī ai chārāgar nahīñ aatī

    O healer does not any smell persist

    if burning scars of heart are not in sight?

    ham vahāñ haiñ jahāñ se ham ko bhī

    kuchh hamārī ḳhabar nahīñ aatī

    I'm at a place from where no news of me

    now even to myself can come to light

    marte haiñ aarzū meñ marne

    maut aatī hai par nahīñ aatī

    I die yearning as I hope for death

    Death does come to me but then not quite

    kaaba kis muñh se jāoge 'ġhālib'

    sharm tum ko magar nahīñ aatī

    Ghalib,what face will you to the kaabaa take

    when you are not ashamed and not contrite

    koi ummid bar nahin aati

    koi surat nazar nahin aati

    no hope is there that now comes to light

    nor is there any avenue in sight

    maut ka ek din muayyan hai

    nind kyun raat bhar nahin aati

    when for death a day has been ordained

    what reason that I cannot sleep all night?

    aage aati thi haal-e-dil pe hansi

    ab kisi baat par nahin aati

    nothing now could even make me smile,

    I once could laugh at my heart's own plight

    jaanta hun sawab-e-taat-o-zohd

    par tabiat idhar nahin aati

    virtues of restraint and prayer I know

    but neither do my temperament excite

    hai kuchh aisi hi baat jo chup hun

    warna kya baat kar nahin aati

    Do you think I know not how to speak?

    There's something- my tongue I have to bite

    kyun na chiKHun ki yaad karte hain

    meri aawaz gar nahin aati

    when absence of my voice makes her pine

    why then should I not shout with all my might?

    dagh-e-dil gar nazar nahin aata

    bu bhi ai chaaragar nahin aati

    O healer does not any smell persist

    if burning scars of heart are not in sight?

    hum wahan hain jahan se hum ko bhi

    kuchh hamari KHabar nahin aati

    I'm at a place from where no news of me

    now even to myself can come to light

    marte hain aarzu mein marne ki

    maut aati hai par nahin aati

    I die yearning as I hope for death

    Death does come to me but then not quite

    kaba kis munh se jaoge 'ghaalib'

    sharm tum ko magar nahin aati

    Ghalib,what face will you to the kaabaa take

    when you are not ashamed and not contrite

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