Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Approximate english version of Tagore's Gitanjali

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 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.

"Lord Father, strike {the sleeping} Bharat ( India ) without mercy,

so that it may awaken into such a heaven.

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