Ghazal 184, Verse 5x


gar mile ;ha.zrat-e be-dil kaa ;xa:t-e lau;h-e mazaar
asad aa))iinah-e pardaaz-e ma((aanii maa;Nge

1) if the words of the tablet of the tomb of Hazrat Bedil would be obtained
2) Asad would demand a mirror of the accomplishment of meanings


pardaaz : 'Finish, accomplishment, perfection; frame or setting (of a picture)'. (Platts p.246)


If the tomb-tablet of Hazrat Bedil would somehow be obtained, then Asad would demand from it itself a mirror for the adornment of meanings; that is, would receive benefit from it. (227)


That is, from the stone of Hazrat Bedil's tomb he would demand such a mirror, in which complaints about the adornment of meaning are seen. In the first line ;xa:t is superfluous. Because a mirror is not made from words, it is made from stone; 'tablet' is enough for it. (339)

Gyan Chand:

On a mirror or a glass too, shapes and forms are made. Bedil's 'delicacy of thought' is famous. If Asad would obtain the inscription from his tomb-tablet, he would demand from it a mirror of making the shapes and forms of meaning. In fact, in the second line, instead of aa))iinah-e pardaaz-e ma((aanii , it was a place suited for aa))iinah-e pardaazii-e ma((aanii .

== Gyan Chand, p. 346


MIRROR: {8,3}

For background see S. R. Faruqi's choices. This verse is NOT one of his choices; I thought it was worth noting and have added it myself. For more on Ghalib's unpublished verses, see the discussion in {4,8x}.

For discussion of Ghalib's relationship with Bedil, see {8,5x}.

There doesn't seem to be much going on in this verse. I've added it to the website mostly because it's part of the ample evidence of how deeply the young Ghalib admired Bedil, and then how systematically he later excluded such admiring verses from his divan.