Make of my body the beam of a lute

Make of my body the beam of a lute

Make of my body the beam of a lute
of my head the sounding gourd
of my nerves the strings
of my fingers the plucking rods.

Clutch me close
and play your thirty-two songs
O lord of the meeting rivers!

by Basava
English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

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