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Selected Poetry of Romesh Chunder Dutt (1848-1909)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Hate for hatred if ye render,
Hatred lives and mortal strife;
Love return for bitter hatred,
Hatred dies, and sweet is life!
        (Ten Precepts from Dhammapada, 5-5)
  1. Agni, or the Fire
  2. Hymn of the Dying Man
  3. Ten Precepts from Dhammapada

Notes on Life and Works

Romesh Chunder Dutt was born in Calcutta on August 13, 1848, and received his education there and at University College and the Middle Temple, London. He was called to the bar and in 1869 passed the examination for entrance to the Indian civil service, in which he served -- as the only native Indian in the nineteenth century to rise to executive authority -- from 1871 to 1897. His positions included collector of Backerganj, acting commissioner of Burdwan, and commissioner of Orissa. Created a C.I.E. in 1892, Dutt returned to England and became lecturer in Indian history at University College in London from 1898 to 1904. In India he had written works on Bengal history and literature, done school primers, penned half a dozen romances in his own tongue, and translated into Bengali the Rig Veda in 1886. At London, in 1899-1900, Dutt published an English translation of excerpts from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, which in time came out in the Everyman's Library series. He wrote political and social tracts to influence British colonial policy and from 1904 to his death of a heart attack in 1909 served as revenue and then prime minister of Baroda. Dutt and Nobo Gopal Bose wed in 1864 and had a son and five daughters.

Biographical information

Given name: Romesh Chunder
Family name: Dutt
Birth date: 13 August 1848
Death date: 1909
Nationality: Bengali
Family relations
          wife: Nobo Gopal Bose
          University College, London
          Middle Temple, London (law degree)
Honour: C.I.E.: 1892
          Lecturer: 1898 to 1904
          Statesman: 1904 to 1909
Cause of death: Heart disease
First RPO edition: 2002