Ghazal 91, Verse 6


jaa;N mu:trib-e taraanah-e hal-min-maziid hai
lab pardah-sanj-e zamzamah-e al-amaa;N nahii;N

1) the life is a musician/singer of the song of 'anything more?'
2) the lip is not a string-player of the melody/chant of 'truce'


mu:trib : 'A musician, a minstrel; a singer'. (Platts p.1044)


zamzamah : 'Singing, chanting, intoning; chant; modulation; hum, a low murmuring sound'. (Platts p.617)


The use of al-amaa;N marks the word as Arabic, to go with the Qur'anic words of the first line.


amaan : 'Security, safety; freedom from fear, ease of mind; protection, safeguard; promise or assurance of security or safety'. (Platts p.80)


[See his comments on the whole verse-set under {91,5}.]

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Bekhud Dihlavi:

He says, despite this, my suffering life is making a claim that if any cruelty and tyranny remain, they too should be brought into use. Even now, that is, even in this condition, I am not a seeker of a truce. (142)

Bekhud Mohani:

[See his comments on the whole verse-set in {91,5}.] hal min maziid : A verse from the glorious Qur'an: 'Is anything more left?' (185)


MUSIC: {10,3}

This is the second and final verse of a small verse-set that began with {91,5}, which is linked to the present verse through grammatical enjambment.

This present verse is much more typical of members of a verse-set, since unlike its predecessor it can be read quite easily as an independent unit, though of course it is richer and deeper when taken as the completion of {91,5}.

The hal min maziid is taken from the Qur'an 50:30. In Yusuf Ali's translation:

One day We will
Ask Hell, "Art thou
Filled to the full?"
It will say, "Are there
Any more (to come)?"

The verse's emphasis on musical imagery is also intriguing, since this defiant musical response is evoked by the speaker's suffering under wrath and torment. We see the same process in {10,3}, in which the lover's apparent submission to the cruel beloved is belied by the fact that the straw he takes in his teeth turns into a reed flute. He suffers, but is undaunted; against all odds, he even sings out a call for more.

Musical utterances often seem to be in Arabic, too. In {21,8}, every drop of water has in its heart the melody an al-ba;hr , 'I am the sea'.