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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Gitanjali 35

              1Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
              2Where knowledge is free;
              3Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
              4Where words come out from the depth of truth;
              5Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
              6Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
              7Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action --
              8Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (Song Offerings): A Collection of Prose Translations Made by the Author from the Original Bengali, intro. by W. B. Yeats (London: MacMillan, 1913): 27-28. PR 6039 A2G6 1913 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1913
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/4/28

Rhyme: unrhyming

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