Tagore – Gitanjali

18 Feb

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 narrow

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

This is my prayer to thee, my lord–strike, strike at the root of

penury in my heart

Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows

Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service

Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees

before insolent might

Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles

And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will

with love

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