Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Prayer

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

It is most quoted peom of Rabindranath Tagore. This poem is from Gitanjali, lit. Offering of Songs, published in English in 1910.The last two lines of original Bengali version are harsher. They state:
"Lord Father, strike {the sleeping} Bharat (India) without mercy,
so that it may awaken into such a heaven."

2 comments:

आकांक्षा~Akanksha said...

Nice one. I like Geetanjali.

फ्रेण्डशिप-डे की शुभकामनायें. "शब्द-शिखर" पर देखें- ये दोस्ती हम नहीं तोडेंगे !!

Yayaver said...

Thnx for the comment. Me too liked this poem very much...

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