Sarojini Naidu
Indian Weavers by Sarojini Naidu

Indian Weavers by Sarojini Naidu

WEAVERS, weaving at break of day, Why do you weave a garment so gay? . . . Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild, We weave the robes of a new-born child. Weavers, weaving at ...

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Coromandel Fishers by Sarojini Naidu

Coromandel Fishers by Sarojini Naidu

Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light, The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all night. Come, let us gather our ...

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Palanquin Bearers by Sarojini Naidu

Palanquin Bearers by Sarojini Naidu

Lightly, O lightly we bear her along, She sways like a flower in the wind of our song; She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream, She floats like a laugh from the lips of a ...

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Song Of A Dream by Sarojini Naidu

Song Of A Dream by Sarojini Naidu

ONCE in the dream of a night I stood Lone in the light of a magical wood, Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang; And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang, And spirits ...

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An Indian Love Song by Sarojini Naidu

An Indian Love Song by Sarojini Naidu

HeLift up the veils that darken the delicate moon of thy glory and grace,Withhold not, O love, from the night of my longing the joy of thy luminous face,Give me a spear of the ...

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Ecstasy by Sarojini Naidu

Ecstasy by Sarojini Naidu

Cover mine eyes, O my Love! Mine eyes that are weary of bliss As of light that is poignant and strong O silence my lips with a kiss, My lips that are weary of song! Shelter my ...

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In Salutation To The Eternal Peace by Sarojini Naidu

In Salutation To The Eternal Peace by Sarojini Naidu

Men say the world is full of fear and hate,And all life's ripening harvest-fields awaitThe restless sickle of relentless fate.But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,When from ...

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Life by Sarojini Naidu

Life by Sarojini Naidu

CHILDREN, ye have not lived, to you it seems Life is a lovely stalactite of dreams, Or carnival of careless joys that leap About your hearts like billows on the deep In flames of ...

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In The Forest by Sarojini Naidu

In The Forest by Sarojini Naidu

HERE, O my heart, let us burn the dear dreams that are dead, Here in this wood let us fashion a funeral pyre Of fallen white petals and leaves that are mellow and red, Here let us ...

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Autumn Song by Sarojini Naidu

Autumn Song by Sarojini Naidu

Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow, The sunset hangs on a cloud;A golden storm of glittering sheaves,Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves, The wild wind blows in a ...

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Indian Dancer by Sarojini Naidu

Indian Dancer by Sarojini Naidu

EYES ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate bosoms aflaming with fire Drink deep of the hush of the hyacinth heavens that glimmer around them in fountains of ...

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Village Song by Sarojini Naidu

Village Song by Sarojini Naidu

HONEY, child, honey, child, whither are you going? Would you cast your jewels all to the breezes blowing? Would you leave the mother who on golden grain has fed you? Would you ...

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Damayante To Nala In The Hour Of Exile by Sarojini Naidu

Damayante To Nala In The Hour Of Exile by Sarojini Naidu

SHALT thou be conquered of a human fate My liege, my lover, whose imperial head Hath never bent in sorrow of defeat? Shalt thou be vanquished, whose imperial feet Have shattered ...

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A Rajput Love Song by Sarojini Naidu

A Rajput Love Song by Sarojini Naidu

(Parvati at her lattice)O Love! were you a basil-wreath to twine among my tresses,A jewelled clasp of shining gold to bind around my sleeve,O Love! were you the keora's soul that ...

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The Indian Gipsy by Sarojini Naidu

The Indian Gipsy by Sarojini Naidu

In tattered robes that hoard a glittering trace Of bygone colours, broidered to the knee, Behold her, daughter of a wandering race, Tameless, with the bold falcon's agile grace, ...

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Street Cries by Sarojini Naidu

Street Cries by Sarojini Naidu

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 grain, From ardent toil to forge a little gain, ...

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In The Bazaars Of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

In The Bazaars Of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

What do you sell O ye merchants ?Richly your wares are displayed.Turbans of crimson and silver,Tunics of purple brocade,Mirrors with panels of amber,Daggers with handles of ...

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Cradle Song by Sarojini Naidu

Cradle Song by Sarojini Naidu

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, shut your eyes, The wild fire-fiies Dance ...

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Alabaster by Sarojini Naidu

Alabaster by Sarojini Naidu

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 and exquisite thought.Therein I treasure the ...

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The Queen’s Rival by Sarojini Naidu

The Queen’s Rival by Sarojini Naidu

QUEEN GULNAAR sat on her ivory bed, Around her countless treasures were spread; Her chamber walls were richly inlaid With agate, porphory, onyx and jade; The tissues that veiled ...

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Leili by Sarojini Naidu

Leili by Sarojini Naidu

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 outshine the dying ...

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Past And Future by Sarojini Naidu

Past And Future by Sarojini Naidu

The new hath come and now the old retires: And so the past becomes a mountain-cell, Where lone, apart, old hermit-memories dwell In consecrated calm, forgotten yet Of the keen ...

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Indian Love Song by Sarojini Naidu

Indian Love Song by Sarojini Naidu

SheLIKE a serpent to the calling voice of flutes, Glides my heart into thy fingers, O my Love! Where the night-wind, like a lover, leans above His jasmine-gardens and ...

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A Love Song From The North by Sarojini Naidu

A Love Song From The North by 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 side came the feet of my loverWith stars of the dusk ...

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The Poet’s Love-Song by Sarojini Naidu

The Poet’s Love-Song by Sarojini Naidu

In noon-tide hours, O Love, secure and strong, I need thee not; mad dreams are mine to bindThe world to my desire, and hold the windA voiceless captive to my conquering song.I ...

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The Pardah Nashin by Sarojini Naidu

The Pardah Nashin by Sarojini Naidu

HER life is a revolving dream Of languid and sequestered ease; Her girdles and her fillets gleam Like changing fires on sunset seas; Her raiment is like morning mist, Shot opal, ...

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

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

DEIGN, Prince, my tribute to receive, This lyric offering to your name, Who round your jewelled scepter bind The lilies of a poet's fame; Beneath whose sway concordant dwell The ...

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Nightfall In The City Of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

Nightfall In The City Of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

SEE how the speckled sky burns like a pigeon's throat, Jewelled with embers of opal and peridote. See the white river that flashes and scintillates, Curved like a tusk from the ...

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To India by Sarojini Naidu

To India by Sarojini Naidu

O YOUNG through all thy immemorial years! Rise, Mother, rise, regenerate from thy gloom, And, like a bride high-mated with the spheres, Beget new glories from thine ageless ...

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To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus by Sarojini Naidu

To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus by Sarojini Naidu

LORD BUDDHA, on thy Lotus-throne, With praying eyes and hands elate, What mystic rapture dost thou own, Immutable and ultimate? What peace, unravished of our ken, Annihilate from ...

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Harvest Hymn by Sarojini Naidu

Harvest Hymn by Sarojini Naidu

Mens Voices:LORD of the lotus, lord of the harvest, Bright and munificent lord of the morn! Thine is the bounty that prospered our sowing, Thine is the bounty that nurtured our ...

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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 by Sarojini Naidu

WHEN from my cheek I lift my veil, The roses turn with envy pale, And from their pierced hearts, rich with pain, Send forth their fragrance like a wail. Or if perchance one ...

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My Dead Dream by Sarojini Naidu

My Dead Dream by Sarojini Naidu

HAVE YOU found me, at last, O my Dream? Seven eons ago You died and I buried you deep under forests of snow. Why have you come hither? Who bade you awake from your sleep And track ...

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Suttee by Sarojini Naidu

Suttee by Sarojini Naidu

LAMP of my life, the lips of Death Hath blown thee out with their sudden breath; Naught shall revive thy vanished spark . . . Love, must I dwell in the living dark? Tree of my ...

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Humayun To Zobeida (From The Urdu) by Sarojini Naidu

Humayun To Zobeida (From The Urdu) by Sarojini Naidu

You flaunt your beauty in the rose, your glory in the dawn, Your sweetness in the nightingale, your white- ness in the swan.You haunt my waking like a dream, my slumber like a ...

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The Soul’s Prayer by Sarojini Naidu

The Soul’s Prayer by Sarojini Naidu

In childhood's pride I said to Thee: 'O Thou, who mad'st me of Thy breath, Speak, Master, and reveal to me Thine inmost laws of life and death. 'Give me to drink each joy and pain ...

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In Praise Of Henna by Sarojini Naidu

In Praise Of Henna by Sarojini Naidu

A KOKILA called from a henna-spray: Lira! liree! Lira! liree! Hasten, maidens, hasten away To gather the leaves of the henna-tree. Send your pitchers afloat on the tide, Gather ...

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The Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu

The Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu

Bangle sellers are we who bearOur shining loads to the temple fair...Who will buy these delicate, brightRainbow-tinted circles of light?Lustrous tokens of radiant lives,For happy ...

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Corn Grinders by Sarojini Naidu

Corn Grinders by Sarojini Naidu

O little mouse, why dost thou cry While merry stars laugh in the sky? Alas! alas! my lord is dead! Ah, who will ease my bitter pain? He went to seek a millet-grain In the rich ...

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To My Fairy Fancies by Sarojini Naidu

To My Fairy Fancies by Sarojini Naidu

NAY, no longer I may hold you, In my spirit's soft caresses, Nor like lotus-leaves enfold you In the tangles of my tresses. Fairy fancies, fly away To the white ...

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Wandering Singers by Sarojini Naidu

Wandering Singers by Sarojini Naidu

WHERE the voice of the wind calls our wandering feet, Through echoing forest and echoing street, With lutes in our hands ever-singing we roam, All men are our kindred, the world ...

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Transcience by Sarojini Naidu

Transcience by Sarojini Naidu

Nay, do not grieve tho' life be full of sadness,Dawn will not veil her spleandor for your grief,Nor spring deny their bright, appointed beautyTo lotus blossom and ashoka leaf.Nay, ...

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To My Children by Sarojini Naidu

To My Children by Sarojini Naidu

Jaya SuryaGOLDEN sun of victory, born In my life's unclouded morn, In my lambent sky of love, May your growing glory prove Sacred to your consecration, To my heart and to my ...

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The Poet To Death by Sarojini Naidu

The Poet To Death by Sarojini Naidu

TARRY a while, O Death, I cannot die While yet my sweet life burgeons with its spring; Fair is my youth, and rich the echoing boughs Where dhadikulas sing. Tarry a while, O Death, ...

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The Gift of India by Sarojini Naidu

The Gift of India by Sarojini Naidu

"Is there ought you need that my hands withhold,Rich gifts of raiment or grain or gold?Lo ! I have flung to the East and the WestPriceless treasures torn from my breast,And ...

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The Snake Charmer by Sarojini Naidu

The Snake Charmer by Sarojini Naidu

WHITHER dost thou hide from the magic of my flute-call? In what moonlight-tangled meshes of perfume, Where the clustering keovas guard the squirrel's slumber, Where the deep woods ...

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To Youth by Sarojini Naidu

To Youth by Sarojini Naidu

O YOUTH, sweet comrade Youth, wouldst thou be gone? Long have we dwelt together, thou and I; Together drunk of many an alien dawn, And plucked the fruit of many an alien sky. Ah, ...

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The Illusion Of Love by Sarojini Naidu

The Illusion Of Love by Sarojini Naidu

Beloved, you may be as all men sayOnly a transient sparkOf flickering flame set in loam of clay – I care not …since you kindle all my darkWith the immortal lustres of the day.And ...

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The Coromandel Fishers by Sarojini Naidu

The Coromandel Fishers by Sarojini Naidu

Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light, The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all night. Come, let us gather our ...

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The Royal Tombs Of Golconda by Sarojini Naidu

The Royal Tombs Of Golconda by Sarojini Naidu

I MUSE among these silent fanes Whose spacious darkness guards your dust; Around me sleep the hoary plains That hold your ancient wars in trust. I pause, my dreaming spirit hears, ...

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