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A Child Asleep - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How he sleepeth! having drunken
Weary childhood's mandragore,
From his pretty eyes have sunken
Pleasures, to make room for more- -
Sleeping near the withered nosegay, which he pulled the day before.

Nosegays! leave them for the waking:
Throw them earthward where they grew.
Dim are such, beside the breaking
Amaranths he looks unto- -
Folded eyes see brighter colours than the open ever do.

Heaven-flowers, rayed by shadows golden
From the paths they sprang beneath,
Now perhaps divinely holden,
Swing against him in a wreath- -
We may think so from the quickening of his bloom and of his breath.

Vision unto vision calleth,
While the young child dreameth on.
Fair, O dreamer, thee befalleth
With the glory thou hast won!
Darker wert thou in the garden, yestermorn, by summer sun.

We should see the spirits ringing
Round thee,- -were the clouds away.
'Tis the child-heart draws them, singing
In the silent-seeming clay- -
Singing! - -Stars that seem the mutest, go in music all the way.

As the moths around a taper,
As the bees around a rose,
As the gnats around a vapour,- -
So the Spirits group and close
Round about a holy childhood, as if drinking its repose.

Shapes of brightness overlean thee,- -
Flash their diadems of youth
On the ringlets which half screen thee,- -
While thou smilest,... not in sooth
Thy smile... but the overfair one, dropt from some aethereal mouth.

Haply it is angels' duty,
During slumber, shade by shade:
To fine down this childish beauty
To the thing it must be made,
Ere the world shall bring it praises, or the tomb shall see it fade.

Softly, softly! make no noises!
Now he lieth dead and dumb- -
Now he hears the angels' voices
Folding silence in the room- -
Now he muses deep the meaning of the Heaven-words as they come.

Speak not! he is consecrated- -
Breathe no breath across his eyes.
Lifted up and separated,
On the hand of God he lies,
In a sweetness beyond touching- -held in cloistral sanctities.

Could ye bless him- -father- -mother?
Bless the dimple in his cheek?
Dare ye look at one another,
And the benediction speak?
Would ye not break out in weeping, and confess yourselves too weak?

He is harmless- -ye are sinful,- -
Ye are troubled- -he, at ease:
From his slumber, virtue winful
Floweth outward with increase- -
Dare not bless him! but be blessed by his peace- -and go in peace.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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موت کا ایک وقت مقرر ہے
پھر نیند کیوں رات بھر نہیں آتی

Vaikh Bandeya!

Aasmana Te Urdy Panchi

Vaikh Te Sahi Ki Karde Ne

Na O Karde Rizq Zakheera

Gulon mei rang bhare baad-e-nau-bahaar chale,
Chale bhi aao ke gulshan ka kaarobaar chale,
Qaffass

Apni Har Baat Bhool Gaya Wo Guzre Huwe Kal Ki Tarah,
Toot Kar Jissay Chaha Tha Pagal Ki Tarah.

مِرے سلیقے سے میری نِبھی محبّت میں
تمام عُمر میں ناکام

Bura samjho unhain mujh say to aisa ho nahi sakta,
Kah main khud tou hoon Iqbal apnay nukta chinoon

کریں گے اہل نظر تازہ بستیاں آباد
مری نگاہ نہیں سوئے کوف

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I aske

Muhabbat Hum Bhi Karlenge, ,
Ye Galti Tum Bhi Karlena, ,
Chalo Tum Hi Se Karlenge, ,
Kisi Se Tum

Zehaal-e-miskeen makun taghaful,
Duraye naina banaye batiyan.
Do not overlook my misery,
by bland

Tum Tamasha Roz KarteY Ho WaFaaon Ka JaFaaon Ka...

MereY DiL Mein Zara Thehro MoHaBBat SeeKh Jao

Woh shayad ik pagli hai
Din raat hi gum sum rehti hai
Kuch sharm o haya ka paikar hai
Kuch nar

yun hai teri talash pe ab tak yaqin mujhe
jaise tu mil hi jaega phir se kahin mujhe
main ne to j

Ab umar ki naqdi khatam huyi
Ab hum ko udhaar ki haajat he
He koi jo saahukaar bane ?
He koi jo d

der tak koi kisi se bad-guman rahta nahin
wo wahan aata to hoga main jahan rahta nahin
ek main h

Is Liye Toot Ke Rooya Hun Mein Aksar ‘Mohsin’,
Kuch To Dil Khool Ke Jeene Ka Qareena Aaye…

& nbsp; Here, above,
cracks in the buldings are filled with battered moonlight.
The whole shadow o

shor yunhi na parindon ne machaya hoga
koi jangal ki taraf shahr se aaya hoga
peD ke kaTne walon

Swiftly the changes come. Each day
Sees some lost beauty blown away
And some new touch of lovely g

Beqarari si beqarari hai,
Vasl hai aur firaq taari hai,

Jo guzari na ja saki hum se,
Hum ne woh

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