A Love Song from the North – Sarojini Naidu

Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha, Wouldst thou recall to my heart, papeeha, Dreams of delight that are gone, When swift to my…

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The Pardah Nashin By Sarojini Naidu

The Pardah Nashin HER life is a revolving dream Of languid and sequestered ease; Her girdles and her fillets gleam Like changing fires on sunset…

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Leili By Sarojini Naidu

Leili The serpents are asleep among the poppies, The fireflies light the soundless panther’s way To tangled paths where shy gazelles are straying, And parrot-plumes…

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To India By Sarojini Naidu

To India O YOUNG through all thy immemorial years! Rise, Mother, rise, regenerate from thy gloom, And, like a bride high-mated with the spheres, Beget…

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Cradle Song By Sarojini Naidu

Cradle Song FROM groves of spice, O’er fields of rice, Athwart the lotus-stream, I bring for you, Aglint with dew A little lovely dream. Sweet,…

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The Bangle Sellers By Sarojini Naidu

The Bangle Sellers Bangle sellers are we who bear Our shining loads to the temple fair… Who will buy these delicate, bright Rainbow-tinted circles of…

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To Youth By Sarojini Naidu

To Youth O YOUTH, sweet comrade Youth, wouldst thou be gone? Long have we dwelt together, thou and I; Together drunk of many an alien…

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Indian Weavers By Sarojini Naidu

Indian Weavers WEAVERS, weaving at break of day, Why do you weave a garment so gay? . . . Blue as the wing of a…

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The Royal Tombs Of Golconda By Sarojini Naidu

The Royal Tombs Of Golconda I MUSE among these silent fanes Whose spacious darkness guards your dust; Around me sleep the hoary plains That hold…

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Ecstasy By Sarojini Naidu

Ecstasy Cover mine eyes, O my Love! Mine eyes that are weary of bliss As of light that is poignant and strong O silence my…

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Suttee By Sarojini Naidu

Suttee LAMP of my life, the lips of Death Hath blown thee out with their sudden breath; Naught shall revive thy vanished spark . ….

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To My Fairy Fancies By Sarojini Naidu

To My Fairy Fancies NAY, no longer I may hold you, In my spirit’s soft caresses, Nor like lotus-leaves enfold you In the tangles of…

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Indian Love Song By Sarojini Naidu

Indian Love Song She LIKE a serpent to the calling voice of flutes, Glides my heart into thy fingers, O my Love! Where the night-wind,…

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The Snake Charmer By Sarojini Naidu

The Snake Charmer WHITHER dost thou hide from the magic of my flute-call? In what moonlight-tangled meshes of perfume, Where the clustering keovas guard the…

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Coromandel Fishers By Sarojini Naidu

Coromandel Fishers Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light, The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a…

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Street Cries By Sarojini Naidu

Street Cries WHEN dawn’s first cymbals beat upon the sky, Rousing the world to labour’s various cry, To tend the flock, to bind the mellowing…

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Wandering Singers By Sarojini Naidu

Wandering Singers WHERE the voice of the wind calls our wandering feet, Through echoing forest and echoing street, With lutes in our hands ever-singing we…

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Indian Dancer By Sarojini Naidu

Indian Dancer EYES ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate bosoms aflaming with fire Drink deep of the hush of the hyacinth heavens that glimmer…

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The Queen’s Rival By Sarojini Naidu

The Queen’s Rival QUEEN GULNAAR sat on her ivory bed, Around her countless treasures were spread; Her chamber walls were richly inlaid With agate, porphory,…

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Corn Grinders By Sarojini Naidu

Corn Grinders O little mouse, why dost thou cry While merry stars laugh in the sky? Alas! alas! my lord is dead! Ah, who will…

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Past And Future By Sarojini Naidu

Past And Future The new hath come and now the old retires: And so the past becomes a mountain-cell, Where lone, apart, old hermit-memories dwell…

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Village Song By Sarojini Naidu

Village Song HONEY, child, honey, child, whither are you going? Would you cast your jewels all to the breezes blowing? Would you leave the mother…

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In The Forest By Sarojini Naidu

In The Forest HERE, O my heart, let us burn the dear dreams that are dead, Here in this wood let us fashion a funeral…

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The Poet’s Love-Song By Sarojini Naidu

The Poet’s Love-Song In noon-tide hours, O Love, secure and strong, I need thee not; mad dreams are mine to bind The world to my…

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Autumn Song By Sarojini Naidu

Autumn Song Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow,    The sunset hangs on a cloud; A golden storm of glittering sheaves, Of fair…

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Song Of A Dream By Sarojini Naidu

Song Of A Dream ONCE in the dream of a night I stood Lone in the light of a magical wood, Soul-deep in visions that…

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Transcience By Sarojini Naidu

Transcience Nay, do not grieve tho’ life be full of sadness, Dawn will not veil her spleandor for your grief, Nor spring deny their bright,…

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In Salutation To The Eternal Peace By Sarojini Naidu

In Salutation To The Eternal Peace Men say the world is full of fear and hate, And all life’s ripening harvest-fields await The restless sickle…

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The Poet To Death By Sarojini Naidu

The Poet To Death TARRY a while, O Death, I cannot die While yet my sweet life burgeons with its spring; Fair is my youth,…

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An Indian Love Song By Sarojini Naidu

An Indian Love Song He Lift up the veils that darken the delicate moon of thy glory and grace, Withhold not, O love, from the…

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Nightfall In The City Of Hyderabad By Sarojini Naidu

Nightfall In The City Of Hyderabad SEE how the speckled sky burns like a pigeon’s throat, Jewelled with embers of opal and peridote. See the…

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To The God Of Pain By Sarojini Naidu

To The God Of Pain UNWILLING priestess in thy cruel fane, Long hast thou held me, pitiless god of Pain, Bound to thy worship by…

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In Praise Of Henna By Sarojini Naidu

In Praise Of Henna A KOKILA called from a henna-spray: Lira! liree! Lira! liree! Hasten, maidens, hasten away To gather the leaves of the henna-tree….

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The Indian Gipsy By Sarojini Naidu

The Indian Gipsy In tattered robes that hoard a glittering trace Of bygone colours, broidered to the knee, Behold her, daughter of a wandering race,…

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A Love Song From The North By Sarojini Naidu

A Love Song From The North Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha, Wouldst thou recall to my heart, papeeha, Dreams of delight that…

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Ode To H.H. The Nizam Of Hyderabad By Sarojini Naidu

Ode To H.H. The Nizam Of Hyderabad DEIGN, Prince, my tribute to receive, This lyric offering to your name, Who round your jewelled scepter bind…

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To My Children By Sarojini Naidu

To My Children Jaya Surya GOLDEN sun of victory, born In my life’s unclouded morn, In my lambent sky of love, May your growing glory…

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In The Bazaars Of Hyderabad By Sarojini Naidu

In The Bazaars Of Hyderabad What do you sell O ye merchants ? Richly your wares are displayed. Turbans of crimson and silver, Tunics of…

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The Illusion Of Love By Sarojini Naidu

The Illusion Of Love Beloved, you may be as all men say Only a transient spark Of flickering flame set in loam of clay –…

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Alabaster By Sarojini Naidu

Alabaster LIKE this alabaster box whose art Is frail as a cassia-flower, is my heart, Carven with delicate dreams and wrought With many a subtle…

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My Dead Dream By Sarojini Naidu

My Dead Dream HAVE YOU found me, at last, O my Dream? Seven eons ago You died and I buried you deep under forests of…

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To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus By Sarojini Naidu

To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus LORD BUDDHA, on thy Lotus-throne, With praying eyes and hands elate, What mystic rapture dost thou own, Immutable…

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Harvest Hymn By Sarojini Naidu

Harvest Hymn Mens Voices: LORD of the lotus, lord of the harvest, Bright and munificent lord of the morn! Thine is the bounty that prospered…

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The Gift Of India By Sarojini Naidu

The Gift of India “Is there ought you need that my hands withhold, Rich gifts of raiment or grain or gold? Lo ! I have…

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A Rajput Love Song By Sarojini Naidu

A Rajput Love Song (Parvati at her lattice) O Love! were you a basil-wreath to twine among my tresses, A jewelled clasp of shining gold…

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Life By Sarojini Naidu

Life CHILDREN, ye have not lived, to you it seems Life is a lovely stalactite of dreams, Or carnival of careless joys that leap About…

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The Soul’s Prayer By Sarojini Naidu

The Soul’s Prayer In childhood’s pride I said to Thee: ‘O Thou, who mad’st me of Thy breath, Speak, Master, and reveal to me Thine…

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Humayun To Zobeida (From The Urdu) By Sarojini Naidu

Humayun To Zobeida (From The Urdu) You flaunt your beauty in the rose, your glory in the dawn, Your sweetness in the nightingale, your white-…

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The Coromandel Fishers By Sarojini Naidu

The Coromandel Fishers Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light, The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like…

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Palanquin Bearers By Sarojini Naidu

Palanquin Bearers Lightly, O lightly we bear her along, She sways like a flower in the wind of our song; She skims like a bird…

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The Song Of Princess Zeb-Un-Nissa In Praise Of Her Own Beauty By Sarojini Naidu

The Song Of Princess Zeb-Un-Nissa In Praise Of Her Own Beauty WHEN from my cheek I lift my veil, The roses turn with envy pale,…

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Damayante To Nala In The Hour Of Exile By Sarojini Naidu

Damayante To Nala In The Hour Of Exile SHALT thou be conquered of a human fate My liege, my lover, whose imperial head Hath never…

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