From Poem-A-Day, December 31, 2017

The following is from Poem-A-Day. As I read it, I saw it as a prayer for our country.


December 31, 2017

Gitanjali 35

Rabindranath Tagore

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.

About This Poem

“Gitanjali 35” was published in Gitanjali (Song Offerings) (Macmillan, 1913).
Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta, now Kolkata, in India, in 1861. His book Gitanjali (Song Offerings) (Macmillan, 1913) received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in 1941.

Poetry by Tagore

Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
(Martino Fine Books, 2015)

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