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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore the lotus offers its beauty to the heavens; the grass its service to the earth the sun’s kiss mellows into abandonment the miserliness of the green fruit that clings to its stem flame met the earthen lamp in me— what a great marvel of light! mistakes live in the neighbourhood of […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore let the touch of your finger thrill my life’s strings and make the music yours and mine the inner world rounded in my life like a fruit matured in joy and sorrow will drop into the darkness of the original soil for some further course of creation form in matter rhythm […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore the mountain fir in its rustling modulates the memory of its fights with the storm into a hymn of peace the god honoured me with its fight when I was rebellious ignored me when I was languid sectarians think that they have the sea ladled into their private pond in the […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore tree bears its thousand years in one large majestic moment my offerings are not for the temple at the end of the road but for the wayside shrines that surprise me at every bend; not for the jabbering crowd in the theatre but for the one who stands by the lonely […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore the razor-blade is proud of its keenness when it sneers at the sun; the butterfly has the leisure to love the lotus not like the bee busily storing honey child you bring to my heart the babble of wind & water flower’s speechless secret & cloud’s dreams the mute gaze of […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore the clouded sky today bears the vision of the shadow of a great sadness on the forehead of a brooding eternity the shade of my tree is for passers-by; its fruit for the one for whom I wait flushed with the glow of sunset earth seems like a ripe fruit ready […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore love remains a secret even when spoken for only lovers truly know when they are loved history slowly smothers its truth but hastily struggles to revive it in the terrible penance of pain my work is rewarded in daily wages I wait for my final value in love beauty knows to […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore pride engraves frowns in stones— love offers surrender in flowers; the obsequious brush curtails truth in deference to the canvas which is narrow the hill in its longing for the faraway sky wishes to be like the cloud with its endless urge of seeking to justify their own spilling of ink […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore forlorn thoughts from the forsaken hives of all ages swarming in the air hum round my heart and seek my voice the desert is imprisoned in the wall of its unbounded barrenness in the thrill of little leaves I see the air’s invisible dance and in their glimmering the secret heart-beats […]

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Poems of Rabindranath Tagore 10 I leave no trace of wings in the air but I am glad I have had my flight; the fireflies twinkling among leaves make the stars wonder the mountain remains unmoved at its seeming defeat by the mist; while the rose said to the sun “I shall ever remember thee” […]