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It happens sometimes that we are reminded of one particular line of a sher but we do not remember the other line that goes with it. It is usually because of the epigrammatic quality of that line or because that line in itself is so powerful that it does not require any other line to supplement it. We have some shers here which are known for one line rather than for the whole sher. This would be a fascinating discovery for you.

ā.īna kyuuñ na duuñ ki tamāshā kaheñ jise

aisā kahāñ se lā.ūñ ki tujh kaheñ jise

aaina kyun na dun ki tamasha kahen jise

aisa kahan se laun ki tujh sa kahen jise

Mirza Ghalib

aahoñ se soz-e-ishq miTāyā na jā.egā

phūñkoñ se ye charāġh bujhāyā na jā.egā

aahon se soz-e-ishq miTaya na jaega

phunkon se ye charagh bujhaya na jaega

Ameer Minai
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āḳhir gil apnī sarf-e-dar-e-mai-kada huī

pahuñchī vahīñ pe ḳhaak jahāñ ḳhamīr thā

aaKHir gil apni sarf-e-dar-e-mai-kada hui

pahunchi wahin pe KHak jahan ka KHamir tha

Meerza Jawan Bakht Jahandar
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ab to jaate haiñ but-kade se 'mīr'

phir mileñge agar ḳhudā laayā

ab to jate hain but-kade se 'mir'

phir milenge agar KHuda laya

Mir Taqi Mir

agar baḳhshe zahe qismat na baḳhshe to shikāyat kyā

sar-e-taslīm ḳham hai jo mizāj-e-yār meñ aa.e

agar baKHshe zahe qismat na baKHshe to shikayat kya

sar-e-taslim KHam hai jo mizaj-e-yar mein aae

Nawab Ali Asghar
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ai sanam vasl tadbīroñ se kyā hotā hai

vahī hotā hai jo manzūr-e-ḳhudā hotā hai

ai sanam wasl ki tadbiron se kya hota hai

wahi hota hai jo manzur-e-KHuda hota hai

Mirza Raza Barq

ai 'zauq' dekh duḳhtar-e-raz ko na muñh lagā

chhuTtī nahīñ hai muñh se ye kāfar lagī huī

ai 'zauq' dekh duKHtar-e-raz ko na munh laga

chhuTti nahin hai munh se ye kafar lagi hui

Sheikh Ibrahim Zauq
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bahut ḳhush huā 'hālī' se mil kar

abhī kuchh log baaqī haiñ jahāñ meñ

bahut ji KHush hua 'haali' se mil kar

abhi kuchh log baqi hain jahan mein

Altaf Hussain Hali

bajā kahe jise aalam use bajā samjho

zabān-e-ḳhalq ko naqqāra-e-ḳhudā samjho

baja kahe jise aalam use baja samjho

zaban-e-KHalq ko naqqara-e-KHuda samjho

Sheikh Ibrahim Zauq

bandish-e-alfāz jaḌne se nigūñ ke kam nahīñ

shā.erī bhī kaam hai 'ātish' murassa-sāz

bandish-e-alfaz jaDne se nigun ke kam nahin

shaeri bhi kaam hai 'atish' murassa-saz ka

Haidar Ali Aatish
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be-ḳhudī be-sabab nahīñ 'ġhālib'

kuchh to hai jis parda-dārī hai

be-KHudi be-sabab nahin 'ghaalib'

kuchh to hai jis ki parda-dari hai

Mirza Ghalib

bhāñp leñge ishāra sar-e-mahfil jo kiyā

tāḌne vaale qayāmat nazar rakhte haiñ

bhanp hi lenge ishaara sar-e-mahfil jo kiya

taDne wale qayamat ki nazar rakhte hain

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

chal saath ki hasrat dil-e-marhūm se nikle

āshiq janāza hai zarā dhuum se nikle

chal sath ki hasrat dil-e-marhum se nikle

aashiq ka janaza hai zara dhum se nikle

Mirza Mohammad Ali Fidvi
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dil ke phaphūle jal uThe siine ke daaġh se

is ghar ko aag lag ga.ī ghar ke charāġh se

this hearts blisters are inflamed by its own desire

by its own lamp,alas, this house is set afire

dil ke phaphule jal uThe sine ke dagh se

is ghar ko aag lag gai ghar ke charagh se

this hearts blisters are inflamed by its own desire

by its own lamp,alas, this house is set afire

Mahtab Rai Taban

hazrat-e-dāġh jahāñ baiTh ga.e baiTh ga.e

aur hoñge tirī mahfil se ubharne vaale

hazrat-e-dagh jahan baiTh gae baiTh gae

aur honge teri mahfil se ubharne wale

Dagh Dehlvi
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hue nāmvar be-nishāñ kaise kaise

zamīñ khā ga.ī āsmāñ kaise kaise

hue namwar be-nishan kaise kaise

zamin kha gai aasman kaise kaise

Ameer Minai
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iid din hai gale aaj to mil le zālim

rasm-e-duniyā bhī hai mauqa.a bhī hai dastūr bhī hai

id ka din hai gale aaj to mil le zalim

rasm-e-duniya bhi hai mauqa bhi hai dastur bhi hai

Qamar Badayuni
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ishq ne 'ġhālib' nikammā kar diyā

varna ham bhī aadmī the kaam ke

Ghalib, a worthless person, this love has made of me

otherwise a man of substance I once used to be

ishq ne 'ghaalib' nikamma kar diya

warna hum bhi aadmi the kaam ke

Ghalib, a worthless person, this love has made of me

otherwise a man of substance I once used to be

Mirza Ghalib

ḳhabar sun kar mire marne vo bole raqīboñ se

ḳhudā baḳhshe bahut ḳhūbiyāñ thiiñ marne vaale meñ

upon my death she stated to my rivals, if you please

may God spare the parted soul had many qualities

KHabar sun kar mere marne ki wo bole raqibon se

KHuda baKHshe bahut si KHubiyan thin marne wale mein

upon my death she stated to my rivals, if you please

may God spare the parted soul had many qualities

Dagh Dehlvi

ḳhanjar chale kisī pe taḌapte haiñ ham 'amīr'

saare jahāñ dard hamāre jigar meñ hai

KHanjar chale kisi pe taDapte hain hum 'amir'

sare jahan ka dard hamare jigar mein hai

Ameer Minai
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ḳhud apnī mastī hai jis ne machā.ī hai halchal

nasha sharāb meñ hotā to nāchtī botal

KHud apni masti hai jis ne machai hai halchal

nasha sharab mein hota to nachti botal

Arif Jalali
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laa.e us but ko iltijā kar ke

kufr TuuTā ḳhudā ḳhudā kar ke

lae us but ko iltija kar ke

kufr TuTa KHuda KHuda kar ke

Pandit Daya Shankar Naseem lakhnavi
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lagā rahā huuñ mazāmīn-e-nau ke phir ambār

ḳhabar karo mere ḳhirman ke ḳhoshā-chīnoñ ko

laga raha hun mazamin-e-nau ke phir ambar

KHabar karo mere KHirman ke KHosha-chinon ko

Meer Anees

lage muñh bhī chiḌhāne dete dete gāliyāñ sāhab

zabāñ bigḌī to bigḌī thī ḳhabar liije dahan bigḌā

lage munh bhi chiDhane dete dete galiyan sahab

zaban bigDi to bigDi thi KHabar lije dahan bigDa

Haidar Ali Aatish

maiñ akelā chalā thā jānib-e-manzil magar

log saath aate ga.e aur kārvāñ bantā gayā

main akela hi chala tha jaanib-e-manzil magar

log sath aate gae aur karwan banta gaya

Majrooh Sultanpuri

maktab-e-ishq dastūr nirālā dekhā

us ko chhuTTī na milī jis ko sabaq yaad huā

maktab-e-ishq ka dastur nirala dekha

us ko chhuTTi na mili jis ko sabaq yaad hua

Meer Tahir Ali Rizvi
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'mīr' amdan bhī koī martā hai

jaan hai to jahān hai pyāre

'mir' amdan bhi koi marta hai

jaan hai to jahan hai pyare

Mir Taqi Mir
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na jaanā ki duniyā se jaatā hai koī

bahut der mehrbāñ aate aate

na jaana ki duniya se jata hai koi

bahut der ki mehrban aate aate

Dagh Dehlvi

nāla-e-bulbul-e-shaidā to sunā hañs hañs kar

ab jigar thaam ke baiTho mirī baarī aa.ī

nala-e-bulbul-e-shaida to suna hans hans kar

ab jigar tham ke baiTho meri bari aai

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

piirī meñ valvale vo kahāñ haiñ shabāb ke

ik dhuup thī ki saath ga.ī āftāb ke

piri mein walwale wo kahan hain shabab ke

ek dhup thi ki sath gai aaftab ke

Munshi Khushwaqt Ali Khursheed
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qais jañgal meñ akelā hai mujhe jaane do

ḳhuub guzregī jo mil baiTheñge dīvāne do

qais jangal mein akela hai mujhe jaane do

KHub guzregi jo mil baiThenge diwane do

Miyan dad Khan Sayyah

rāh-e-dūr-e-ishq meñ rotā hai kyā

aage aage dekhiye hotā hai kyā

rah-e-dur-e-ishq mein rota hai kya

aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya

Mir Taqi Mir

sadā aish daurāñ dikhātā nahīñ

gayā vaqt phir haath aatā nahīñ

sada aish dauran dikhata nahin

gaya waqt phir hath aata nahin

Meer Hasan
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sair kar duniyā ġhāfil zindagānī phir kahāñ

zindagī gar kuchh rahī to ye javānī phir kahāñ

sair kar duniya ki ghafil zindagani phir kahan

zindagi gar kuchh rahi to ye jawani phir kahan

Khwaja Meer 'Dard'
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sar-e-mizhgāñ ye naale ab bhī aañsū ko taraste haiñ

ye sach hai jo garajte haiñ vo bādal kam baraste haiñ

sar-e-mizhgan ye nale ab bhi aansu ko taraste hain

ye sach hai jo garajte hain wo baadal kam baraste hain

Shah Naseer
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shab ko mai ḳhuub sub.h ko tauba kar

riñd ke riñd rahe haath se jannat na ga.ī

shab ko mai KHub si pi subh ko tauba kar li

rind ke rind rahe hath se jannat na gai

Jaleel Manikpuri
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shahr meñ apne ye lailā ne munādī kar

koī patthar se na maare mire dīvāne ko

shahr mein apne ye laila ne munadi kar di

koi patthar se na mare mere diwane ko

Turab Kakorvi
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shah-zor apne zor meñ girtā hai misl-e-barq

vo tifl kyā giregā jo ghuTnoñ ke bal chale

shah-zor apne zor mein girta hai misl-e-barq

wo tifl kya girega jo ghuTnon ke bal chale

Mirza Azeem Beg 'Azeem'
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sun to sahī jahāñ meñ hai terā fasāna kyā

kahtī hai tujh ko ḳhalq-e-ḳhudā ġhā.ebāna kyā

sun to sahi jahan mein hai tera fasana kya

kahti hai tujh ko KHalq-e-KHuda ghaebana kya

Haidar Ali Aatish

surḳh-rū hotā hai insāñ Thokareñ khāne ke ba.ad

rañg laatī hai hinā patthar pe pis jaane ke ba.ad

surKH-ru hota hai insan Thokaren khane ke baad

rang lati hai hina patthar pe pis jaane ke baad

Syed Gulam Mohammad Mast Kalkattvi
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umr to saarī kaTī ishq-e-butāñ meñ 'momin'

āḳhirī vaqt meñ kyā ḳhaak musalmāñ hoñge

Momin all your life in idol worship you did spend

How can you be a Muslim say now towards the end?

umr to sari kaTi ishq-e-butan mein 'momin'

aaKHiri waqt mein kya KHak musalman honge

Momin all your life in idol worship you did spend

How can you be a Muslim say now towards the end?

Momin Khan Momin

ye jabr bhī dekhā hai tārīḳh nazroñ ne

lamhoñ ne ḳhatā thī sadiyoñ ne sazā paa.ī

ye jabr bhi dekha hai tariKH ki nazron ne

lamhon ne KHata ki thi sadiyon ne saza pai

Muzaffar Razmi

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