Habba Khatoon

Gather Violets O Narcissus

Habba Khatoon (born Zoon; 1554 – 1609; sometimes spelled Khatun), also known by the honorary title Nightingale of Kashmir, was a Kashmiri Muslim poet and ascetic. She was the wife of Yousuf Shah Chak, the last ruler of Kashmir.






Rain has come, and fields and fruit trees sing,
Spring has come, and Love, the Lord of Spring,
Dandelions have lifted up their faces,
Cold has gone and every wintry thing!
Forget-me-not the forest graces,
Iris and the lily spring will bring.
Gather violets, O Narcissus,
Winter's ashes from our door I fling!
The water bird the lake embraces,
How can frost upon your petals cling?

[Translated by Nilla Cram Cook]

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