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  • A Maṣnavī in Praise of Coffee:[prepared] at the bidding of Nawāb ‘Umdat al-Mulk Amīr Khān Bahādur
  • Translated by Walter N. Hakala and M.A. Naru 1

Shāh “Ḥātim” (1699–1783)

jahāṅ meṅ sard-mihrī se ḵẖhizāṅ hai                              /1/jo ham se garm hai to qahwah-dāṅ hai ba-jā hai us kī mujh se garm-joshī                                    /2/kih jane hai mirī paimānah-noshī jahāṅ dekho thāṅ har ān qahwah                                    /3/hai bazm-i ʿaish kā sāmān qahwah qabūl-i bār-gāh-i bādshāhāṅ                                          /4/|julūs[/shakwah]-i dast-i ṣāḥib-i dast-gāhāṅ hai shākī rāt aur din nīṅd us hāth                                     /5/ʿadāwat hai use nisyān ke sāth anīs-i rūḥ o jāṅ o rāḥat-i dil                                            /6/jalīs-i bazm o raunaq-baḵẖsh-i maḥfil barāʾe ḥurmat-afzāʾe tawāẓŏʿ                                          /7/tawāẓŏʿ us kī hai jāʾe tawāẓŏʿ hai nūr-i dīdah-i mardum piyālah                                    /8/sawād-i surmah-yi ćashm-i g̲h̲azālah ba-jā hai ćhoṛ kar masnad-nishīnī                                    /9/yahāṅ ho qahwah-|paz [/bar] fag̲h̲ẖfūr-i ćīnī sabh oṅ ke hāth majlis meṅ piyālah                              /10/ćaman-sā khil rahā yik-dast lālah mujhe is ān gul lālah kī dhun hai                                    /11/kih piyālah |āp [/āb] hai aur dāg̲h̲ẖ bun hai mirā yik muʾnis-i dil bun rahā hai                                 /12/so us kā bhī kalejā bhun rahā hai vŏh mulk-i ʿishq kā sult̤ān haigā                           /13/kih sīnah ćāk o dil birān haigā hai sab rangoṅ men qahwe kā ʿajab rang                        /14/ [End Page 425] gahe tāʾūsī o gāhe hai shab-rang billaurīṅ yūṅ lage qahwe se ab jām                              /15/gale miltī hai goyā ṣubḥ aur shām mujhe har din yĕh ćāroṅ jām bas haiṅ                           /16/do piyāle subḥ aur do shām bas haiṅ billaurīṅ sāt piyāle piyālah-dāṅ meṅ                              /17/hai jin kī roshnī haft āsmāṅ meṅ mis̤āl-i ʿaqd-i parvīṅ ek jā haiṅ                           /18/jo kahīye sabʿa-saiyāra ba-jā haiṅ ba-jā hai us kī ahl-i bazm ko ćāh                                    /19/hameshah gar nah ho to gāh |bī [/bar] gāh kih us ko dil jalon se rāh haigī                                       /20/har ik ṣŏḥbat kī kab parwāh haigī nahīṅ hotā ba-juz-i ashrāf ke yār                                       /21/sadā hai ṣŏḥbat-i pājī se be-zār jahāṅ meṅ zindagī ḥātim do dam hai                              /22/idhar qahwah udhar ḥuqqe kā dam hai

When chilly behavior brings autumn to the world,             /1/It is the Coffeepot who remains warm with us.Its warm affection toward me is fitting                              /2/Since it has taken the measure of my drinking.Look anywhere! Coffee’s always there—                              /3/For bouts of revelry, Coffee’s a necessity.Kindly received in the courts of kings,                              /4/Majestic in the hand of the mighty,Night and day, Sleep rails at its hand;                              /5/With Forgetfulness, it has enmity.Colleague to spirit and soul, comfort to the heart,            /6/Guest of honor, light gracing the gathering.And so, to bring honor to Hospitality,                              /7/The place of hospitality is its gift of hospitality.The cup is the light in the eyes of men,                              /8/The blackness of kohl on a young gazelle’s eye.Having given up his throne, it is fitting                              /9/The Emperor of China here serves Coffee.In the hands of all at the gathering is the Cup—            /10/Tulips blooming throughout like a garden.I am now so absorbed by longing for the tulip,                  /11/That the Cup is my self, and the Bean, the wound.The Bean remains my heart’s sole intimate:                  /12/So its liver, too, carries on getting roasted.He shall be Sultan in the Realm of...

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ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 425-427
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-31
Open Access
No
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