An attempt at translation

This is an attempt at translation I made. I make no claims about how successful it has turned out to be. The fact is that I was bored and wanted something slightly challenging to undertake and this was the result. This particular episode is something I have always been interested in since I read a brief account in War Stories for Boys or something like that, when I was much younger, and then (very briefly) Cecil Woodham-Smith’s magisterial The Reason Why….. the day when I find and acquire this book will be the happiest of my life, I swear. Then in the last year or so when I read Flashman at the Charge, it revisited old memories. However, here follows an Urdu version of Lord Tennyson’s monumental work.

Adha kos, adha kos
Adha kos aage
Maut ki waadi mein
Dakhil huye woh che sau
“Aage Badho, Light Brigade!
Topon par hamla karo, usne kaha
Maut ki vaadi mein
Dakhil huye woh che sau

Aage Badho, Light Brigade!
Tha koi us se pareshan
Aisa nahi ke sipahion ko pata
Kisi ne yeh badhi bhul ki thi
Unka haq na jawab dena
Unka haq na wajah samajhna
Unka haq to karna aur marna
Maut ki vaadi mein
Dakhil huye woh che sau

Topen unke dayein mein
Topen unke baayein mein
Topen unke saamne mein
Barse aur bhadke
Garje gole aur goli se
Bekhauf aur behtar woh sawar rahe
Daanton mein mein Qaza ke
Munh mein jahannum ke
Dakhil huye woh che sau.

Chamke unke nangi talwarein
Chamki jaise woh ghumi hawa mein
Bhonkte huye topchion ko wahan
Ek fauj par hamle karte
 Sara jahaan hairat mein tha
Ghuse top-khane ki dhuen mein
Aur qataar ko torhte hue nikle
Qazzaq aur Rusi
Jhoome talwar ki dhaar se
Toote aur Phoote.
Phir woh wapas mudhe, lekin
Poore nahi che sau.

Topen unke dayein mein
Topen unke baayein mein
Topen unke peeche mein
Barse aur bhadke
Garje gole aur goli se
Aur gire ghode aur balwan?
Jo itna behtar the ladhe
Nikal ke aaye the jo Qaza ke daant se
Wapas laute the Dozakh ke munh se
Jo kuch bhi unka bacha tha,
Bacha tha che sau mein se.

Kab mit sakta hai unka iqbal
Unka woh vahshi yurush
Sara jahan hairat mein tha
Izzat karo unke yurush ki
Izzat karo Light Brigade ki
Woh umda che sau!

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