‘Ishq Ik Meer Bhari Pathar Hai’ by Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810)

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Love, Meer, is too heavy a stone
By your feeble frame to be borne

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Ishq Ik Meer Bhari Pathar hai
(love one meer heavy stone/rock is)
Kab Ye Tujh Naatwan se uthta hai
(When this you infirm/feeble by lifted is)

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A recurring theme in Urdu poetry is that love is an ordeal, an affliction and a trial; a sentiment Mir Taqi Mir encapsulates so succinctly in this famous couplet of his.

Mir laid the foundations for the glorious tradition of Urdu poetry with his contributions to the form.

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