Ghazal 181, Verse 5


sabzah-o-gul ke dekhne ke liye
chashm-e nargis ko dii hai biinaa))ii

1) for seeing the greenery and the rose
2) it has given sight to the eye of the narcissus


Bekhud Dihlavi:

He says, the eye of the narcissus is considered to be blind. But now, the Gardener of the World has graciously bestowed sight upon it, so that it would be able to see the spectacle of the abundance of the greenery and roses. (263)

Bekhud Mohani:

The Lord, who adorned the world with spring, because of the greenery and flowers, bestowed light in the eye of the narcissus, so that it would be able to see the springtime of greenery and roses. (360)


The eye of the narcissus is normally blind. But in order to see this spring, Nature has given sight to it too. Since this ghazal has ended with the good news of the health of the auspicious King, he has thus in every verse continuously [musalsal] used the theme of spring.


EYES {3,1}

This whole ghazal has an unusual degree of internal coherence; for discussion, see {181,1}.

For another example of the blindness of the narcissus, with discussion, see {56,4}. But who has now given to its blind eye the power of sight? The verse omits the subject, as of course is colloquially permissible if the subject is clear from the context. The commentators tend to be convinced that the giver is God. But there's no context that would cause us to suppose so; their view seems to be based mainly on pious assumptions.

The only way the verse can obtain the necessary context is by presupposing the presence of earlier verses in this ghazal. The earlier verses contain no reference to God; rather, the giver of sight seems most plausibly to be the power of Spring itself. This makes perfect sense, since after all the narcissus is a flower, and what else has spring been doing in this ghazal except multiplying and empowering greenery and flowers?