Ghazal 215, Verse 1


ibn-e maryam hu))aa kare ko))ii
mere dukh kii davaa kare ko))ii

1a) let someone go ahead and become a/the Son of Mary!
1b) let some Son of Mary go ahead and come into being!

2) let someone cure my sorrow!


davaa karnaa : 'To treat medically, to apply a remedy, to remedy, cure, heal'. (Platts p.530)


That is, if there is some Jesus of the time, then let him be so-- if he would cure my pain, then I'd believe it. (244)

== Nazm page 244

Bekhud Dihlavi:

He says, if someone is the Messiah of his age, then what the hell do I care [merii balaa se], let him be so! I would be convinced if someone would cure my pain of love. (302)

Bekhud Mohani:

Even Hazrat Jesus can't cure my sickness of passion. If anyone claims to be a great Messiah, then let him make me well. (440)



ABOUT the 'ALWAYS CONSTRUCTION': The first line of this ghazal offers a textbook case of what I call the 'always construction'; I don't know whether it even has another name. This construction is discussed by C. M. Naim in his Urdu textbook as 'item 181'. In the present ghazal, besides this verse it also appears in {215,4}. Some additional examples: {46,6}; {151,1}; {151,6}; {151,9}; {214,14x}; {420x,7}.

This ghazal and the preceding one, {214}, share common rhyming elements and a common refrain: this means that they are ham-zamiin , and have a common ground. But they don't have the same meter, so they're not ham-:tar;h or 'pattern-sharing'. All ham-:tar;h verses could be, formally speaking, part of the same ghazal; but this isn't true of ham-zamiin ones. In the glossary of Nets of Awareness, I defined zamiin as though it were :tar;h , and I'm truly sorry for this piece of carelessness.

This verse is a prime example of what I call 'A,B' construction. It is maximally inshaa))iyah and exclamatory, and there are so many possible ways of putting its two lines together! Here are some:

='What do I care whether anyone becomes a 'Son of Mary' or not? All I want is someone to cure my sorrow!'

='What do I care if anyone becomes a 'Son of Mary'? That's easy! The hard thing is to cure my sorrow.'

='If someone seeks to become a real 'Son of Mary', then let him show his power by curing my sorrow.'

='If anyone would cure my sorrow, he'd be a real 'Son of Mary'.'

='If only someone would become a 'Son of Mary', and would cure my sorrow!'

='If only some 'Son of Mary' would appear in the world, and would cure my sorrow!'

='Curing my sorrow is so impossible that it's about as likely as having a 'Son of Mary' appear in the world.'

It's hard to capture the colloquial flavor of hu))aa kare ko))ii . I've used 'go ahead and' to give a hint of the somewhat petulant, cross, 'so-what!' flavor that it can have. But it doesn't always have such a sense; it can also sound quite straightforward.

Compare {360x,6}, with its similarly ambiguous relationship between 'a single pain' and 'a hundred medicines'.

A European-influenced Madonna and Child, 1700's, from an album in the collection of Warren Hastings: