Would That The Crows Were Not Assembled In The Nightingale’s Bower! By Ahmad Shah Abdali

Would that the crows were not assembled in the nightingale’s bower! That loving friends were ever assembled in the parterre of flowers! When the rose,…

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What An Hour Of Bliss It Was, When We, In Retirement, Each Other’s Society Enjoyed! By Ahmad Shah Abdali

What an hour of bliss it was, when we, in retirement, each other’s society enjoyed! The beauty of thy face was a bed of roses,…

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Why Weepest Thou Thus To-Day Again, O My Heart By Ahmad Shah Abdali

Why weepest thou thus to-day again, O my heart Thou sighest and complainest ever, O my heart! Like as the hart that loseth her fawn…

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O Would That There Were Not, In The World, The Pangs Of Absence! By Ahmad Shah Abdali

O would that there were not, in the world, the pangs of absence! That the heart in this ocean of separation were not o’erwhelm’d! Let…

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To This Degree Is The Heart Affected By The Love Of Laylā, By Ahmad Shah Abdali

To this degree is the heart affected by the love of Laylā, That Majnūn, for aye, uttereth the praises of Laylā. * He repeated no…

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O Heart-Ravisher! There Will Be None Other In The World Like Unto Thee By Ahmad Shah Abdali

O heart-ravisher! there will be none other in the world like unto thee Draw aside thy veil, or thy lover will of sorrow and grief…

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May God Annihilate Thee, Thou Fly Of Human Nature! By Ahmad Shah Abdali

May God annihilate thee, thou fly of human nature! For no one mouth will have been left unpolluted by thy kiss! Every wound, that may…

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Lay Thine Hand Very Gently Upon Me, O Physician! By Ahmad Shah Abdali

Lay thine hand very gently upon me, O physician! Behold my condition, and take pity upon me, my beloved! My heart, for this reason, is…

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Alas! Alas! For The Dreadful, Rolling Rock Of Bereavement; By Ahmad Shah Abdali

Alas! alas! for the dreadful, rolling rock of bereavement; That for aye committeth such ravages loving hearts upon! It scattereth and separateth kind friends in…

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Alas! Alas! For Sweet Life, That Passeth Thus Away! By Ahmad Shah Abdali

Alas! alas! for sweet life, that passeth thus away! That, like unto a stream, floweth past, and is gone! Wherefore, then, is the heart not…

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I Cry Unto Thee, O God! For I Am Of My Sins And Wickedness Ashamed; By Ahmad Shah Abdali

I cry unto Thee, O God! for I am of my sins and wickedness ashamed; But hopeless of Thy mercy, no one hath ever, from…

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If I Shall Say Anything Of The Beloved, What Then Shall I Say By Ahmad Shah Abdali

If I shall say anything of the beloved, what then shall I say Such is in my destiny, then of my fate, what shall I…

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The Rainy Season By Mirabai

The Rainy Season The rainy season is abroad And the skirt of my dress is wet. You have gone off to distant lands, And my…

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The Saffron By Mirabai

The Saffron The saffron of virtue and contentment Is dissolved in the water-gun of love and affection. Pink and red clouds of emotion are flying…

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The Plums Tasted By Mirabai

The Plums Tasted The plums tasted sweet to the unlettered desert-tribe girl- but what manners! To chew into each! She was ungainly, low-caste, ill mannered…

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The Music By Mirabai

The Music My friend, the stain of the Great Dancer has penetrated my body. I drank the cup of music, and I am hopelessly drunk….

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The Heat Of Midnight Tears By Mirabai

The Heat Of Midnight Tears Listen, my friend, this road is the heart opening, Kissing his feet, resistance broken, tears all night. If we could…

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The Dark One Is Krishna By Mirabai

The Dark One Is Krishna Thick overhead clouds of the monsoon, a delight to this feverish heart. Season of rain, season of uncontrolled whispers—the Dark…

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The Five-Coloured Garment By Mirabai

The Five-Coloured Garment I am infused in the Lord’s hue, O friend. Pray, get my garment dyed in five colours so I may go and…

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The Dagger By Mirabai

The Dagger The dagger of love has pierced my heart. I was going to the river to fetch water, A golden pitcher on my head….

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The Arrow Of His Glance By Mirabai

The Arrow Of His Glance Friend, the arrow of his glance struck my eyes; Its point pierced my heart (and) his sweet image entered my…

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The Beloved Comes Home By Mirabai

The Beloved Comes Home The one I longed for has come home; The raging fire of separation is quenched. Now I rejoice with Him, I…

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That Dark Dweller In Braj By Mirabai

That Dark Dweller In Braj That dark Dweller in Braj Is my only refuge. O my companion, Worldly comfort is an illusion, As soon you…

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Strange Is The Path When You Offer Love By Mirabai

Strange Is The Path When You Offer Love Do not mention the name of love, O my simple-minded companion. Strange is the path When you…

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O My Friends By Mirabai

O My Friends O my friends, What can you tell me of Love, Whose pathways are filled with strangeness? When you offer the Great One…

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Sleep By Mirabai

Sleep Sleep has not visited me the whole night, Will the dawn ever come? O my companion, Once I awoke with a start from a…

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Out In A Downpour By Mirabai

Out In A Downpour Out in a downpour in a sopping wet skirt. And you have gone to a distant country. Unbearable heart, letter after…

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Strange Are The Decrees Of Fate By Mirabai

Strange Are The Decrees Of Fate Strange are the decrees of fate. Behold the large eyes of the deer! Yet he is forced to roam…

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Only He Knows The Bitterness Of Love By Mirabai

Only He Knows The Bitterness Of Love Only he knows the bitterness of love Who has deeply felt its pangs. When you are in trouble…

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O My Mind By Mirabai

O My Mind O my mind, Worship the lotus feet of the Indestructible One! Whatever thou seest twixt earth and sky Will perish. Why undertake…

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O I Saw Witchcraft Tonight By Mirabai

O I Saw Witchcraft Tonight O I saw witchcraft tonight in the region of Braj. A milking girl going her rounds, a pot on her…

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Mira Knows Why By Mirabai

Mira Knows Why The earth looked at Him and began to dance. Mira knows why, for her soul too is in love. If you cannot…

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Nothing Is Really Mine Except Krishna. By Mirabai

Nothing Is Really Mine Except Krishna. Nothing is really mine except Krishna. O my parents, I have searched the world And found nothing worthy of…

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No One Knows My Invisible Life By Mirabai

No One Knows My Invisible Life No one knows my invisible life. Pain and madness for Rama. Our wedding bed is high up in the…

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Mira Is Steadfast By Mirabai

Mira is Steadfast I will not be restrained now, O Rana, Despite all you do to block my path. I have torn off the veil…

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Mira Danced With Ankle Bells By Mirabai

Mira Danced With Ankle Bells Mira danced with ankle-bells on her feet. People said Mira was mad; my mother-in-law said I ruined the family reputation….

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Mine Is The Lifter Of Mountains By Mirabai

Mine Is The Lifter Of Mountains Mine is the lifter of mountains, the cowherd, and none other. O sadhus! there is no other–I have seen…

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Listen By Mirabai

Listen Listen, my friend, this road is the heart opening, kissing his feet, resistance broken, tears all night. If we could reach the Lord through…

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Mine Is Gopal By Mirabai

Mine Is Gopal Mine Is Gopal Mine is Gopal, the Mountain-Holder; there is no one else. On his head he wears the peacock-crown: He alone…

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Life In The World Is Short By Mirabai

Life In The World Is Short Life in the world is short, Why shoulder an unnecessary load Of worldly relationships? Thy parents gave thee birth…

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Keep Up Your Promise By Mirabai

Keep Up Your Promise Take my arm and keep up your promise! They call you the refugeless refuge, they call you redeemer of outcasts. Caught…

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It’s True I Went To The Market By Mirabai

It’s True I Went To The Market My friend, I went to the market and bought the Dark One. You claim by night, I claim…

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I Write Of That Journey By Mirabai

I Write Of That Journey I remember how my mother would hold me. I would look up at her sometimes and see her weep. I…

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I Will Sing The Praises Of Hari By Mirabai

I Will Sing The Praises Of Hari We do not get a human life Just for the asking. Birth in a human body Is the…

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I Send Letters By Mirabai

I Send Letters I send letters to my Beloved, The dear Krishna. But He sends no message of reply, Purposely preserving silence. I sweep his…

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I Have Found My Guru By Mirabai

I Have Found My Guru I have found a guru in Raidas, he has given me the pill of knowledge. I lost the honor of…

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In A Sudden By Mirabai

In A Sudden On a sudden, the sight, Your look of light, stills all, The curd-pot falls to the ground. Parents and brothers all call…

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I Am Mad With Love By Mirabai

I Am Mad With Love I am mad with love And no one understands my plight. Only the wounded Understand the agonies of the wounded,…

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I Danced Before My Giridhara By Mirabai

I Danced Before My Giridhara I danced before my Giridhara. Again and again I dance To please that discerning critic, And put His former love…

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I Have Found By Mirabai

I Have Found I have found, yes, I have found the wealth of the Divine Name’s gem. My true guru gave me a priceless thing….

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I Do Not Care About Social Norms By Mirabai

I Do Not Care About Social Norms I will fasten the bells of his love to my feet And dance in front of Girdhar. Dancing…

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I Am True To My Lord By Mirabai

I am true to my Lord I am true to my Lord, O my companions, there is nothing to be ashamed of now Since I…

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I Am Pale With Longing For My Beloved; By Mirabai

I Am Pale With Longing For My Beloved; I am pale with longing for my beloved; People believe I am ill. Seizing on every possible…

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Go To That Impenetrable Realm By Mirabai

Go To That Impenetrable Realm Go to that impenetrable realm That death himself trembles to look upon. There plays the fountain of love With swans…

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Do Not Leave Me By Mirabai

Do Not Leave Me Do not leave me alone, a helpless woman. My strength, my crown, I am empty of virtues, You, the ocean of…

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Drink The Nectar By Mirabai

Drink The Nectar Drink the nectar of the Divine Name, O human! Drink the nectar of the Divine Name! Leave the bad company, always sit…

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Friend, Without That Dark Raptor By Mirabai

Friend, Without That Dark Raptor Friend, without that Dark raptor I could not survive. Mother-in-law shrills at me, her daughter sneers, the prince stumbles about…

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Come To My Pavilion By Mirabai

Come To My Pavilion Come to my pavilion, O my King. I have spread a bedmade of delicately selected buds and blossoms, And have arrayed…

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Dark Friend, What Can I Say By Mirabai

Dark Friend, What Can I Say Dark Friend, what can I say? This love I bring from distant lifetimes is ancient, do not revile it….

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Clouds By Mirabai

Clouds Clouds – I watched as they ruptured, ash black and pallid I saw mountainous clouds split and spew rain for two hours. Everywhere water,…

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