Ay bigird-i sham-i ruyat alami parvana'i
vaz lab-i shirin tu shurist dar har khana'i
Man bi chandi ashna'i mikhuram khun-i jigar
ashna ra hal inast vay bar bigana-i
O candle-faced one, the whole world flutters round thee like a moth;
thy sweet lips have caused commotion (or bitterness) in every home.
Such being the state of affliction of thy friend,
how woeful must be the plight of a stranger!
~ first Persian verse composed by a Kashmiri. Attributed by some chronicles to Sultan Qutub ud-Din [1373-1389] and by some others to Zayn al-Abidin [1420-1470].
From 'Persian Poetry in Kashmir, 1339— 1846: An Introduction' (1971) by Girdhari L. Tikku
|based on a painting of Kashmiri woman by B. Prabha.|