Dabistan-e-Lakhnau ke kuch namoone #13: Siraj Lakhnavi

Siraj ul Hasan Siraj is another poet of the Lucknow school, though again not very well known outside. He also employs a deft turn of phrase as this example demonstrates.  This also demonstrates the art of carrying on a thought throughout the ghazal… note the adroit use of ‘dil’ in almost all the concluding ‘misras’ of the ghazal’s shers.

Samjha tha main mujhe kisi qabil bana diya
Yeh kya kiya ki dard ko phir dil bana diya

Gam ne tagaiyurat ke qabil bana diya
Jo dard apni had se badha dil bana diya

Itne mugaalate diye umeed-o-beem ne
Saahil ko mauj mauj ko saahil bana diya

Itni kadi nigaah se dekha na kijiye
Har rishta-e-nazar ko rag-e-dil bana diya

Yeh kya banaane waale tere ji mein aa gayi
Bijli bana raha tha magar dil bana diya

Har zarrah rahguzar ka to heera nahi ‘Siraj’
Jis mein salaahiyat thi use dil bana diya

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