Autograph of His Majesty Bahadur Shah of Delhi 29th April 1844
Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]
Dost an bashud ke Gheerud dust-i Dost
Dur Pureshan hali,o-dur mandigee,
Dost mu shoomur an ke dur Neeamut zanud,
Laf yeearee o Biradur khandigee.
Friend is he, who grasps the hand of Friend,
In the midst of trouble and distress,
Not they who in prosperity profess
Themselves friends, nay are brothers by repute.
A Friend is he, who proffers Friendship's hand
When care or grief our kindred feelings claim
Not he whom prosperous days alone command
And is a Friend or Brother but in name.
Autograph of His Majesty Bahadur Shah of Delhi 29th April 1844.
[The well-known Persian verse transcribed and translated opposite.]