Woh dushman-e-jaan, jaan se pyara bhi kabhi tha,

Ab kiss se kahen koi hamara bhi kabhi tha,

Utra hai rag-o-pey* main to dil katt sa geya hai,
Yeh zeher-e-judaayi ke gawaara bhi kabhi tha,
Har dost jahan abar-e-gurezaan ki tarah hai,
Yeh sheher kabhi sheher hamara bhi kabhi tha,
Titlii ke taaqub* mein koi phool sa bacha,
Aesa hi koi khawb hamara bhi kabhi tha,
Ab agley zamaney ke milain log to poochain,
Jo haal hamara hai, tumhara bhi kabhi tha,
Har bazm main hum ne usey afsurdaa hi dekha,
Kehtey hain Faraz anjuman-e-araa* bhi kabhi tha..


 
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