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The Listeners - Poem by Walter de la Mare

"Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grass
Of the forest's ferny floor;
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller's head:
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
"Is there anybody there?" he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller's call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
'Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:--
"Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word," he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.
Walter de la Mare

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Chal0 ab s0 hi jaen hum,
K tum sapn0n my aa0 gay,
Hamen phir se mana0 gay,
Or hum b maan jaein

kuch log tot kar chahtay hain,
kuch log chah kar toot jatay hain,

hamain tum se mohabbat hai kit

کھی ہے جس فلک پہ تقدیر ء نؤ ھماری
آؤ نہ گھر بسائیں اسی آ

There will be a rusty gun on the wall, sweetheart,
The rifle grooves curling with flakes of rust.

Kuch Baat Hay Teri Baton Me, Jo Baat Yahan Tak
Aa
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Aye Kaash K Hum Bhi Khush Naseeb Hote 'Kami',

Koi Hamein Bhi Piyaar Karte Jitna Hum Tun Se Karte

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Apni Deed Se Mujhe Yoon Umr Bhar Tarsaye Ga

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tumhaare hone ka shayad suragh pane lage
kanar-e-chashm kai KHwab sar uThane lage
palak jhapakne

Do Ghari Mayasar Ho Us Ka Hamsafar Hona
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Un se duur janay ka irada na tha,
Sada sath rehnay ka bhi wada na tha,

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Word reaches us

that you are sleeping, sleeping.

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we have turned to the sea.

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They mouth love's language. Gnash
The thirteen teeth
Your lean jaws grin with. Lash
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OH, enter old minstrel, thou time-honour'd one!
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The

Har ibtidaa se pehle har inteha ke baad,
Zaat-e-Nabi buland hai, zaat-e-Khuda ke baad,
Duniya main

Zara yaad kar Mere hamnafas
Mera dil jo tum pe nisar tha
Wo dara dara sa jo piyar tha
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Tu mujh ko jo is sheher main laya nahin hota,
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