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To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus: Poem by Sarojini Naidu In English

    Poem by Sarojini Naidu In English
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    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 the world of men?

    The wind of change forever blows
    Across the tumult of our way,
    Tomorrow’s unborn griefs depose
    The sorrows of our yesterday.
    Dream yields to dream, strife follows strife,
    And Death unweaves the webs of Life.

    For us the travail and the heat,
    The broken secrets of our pride,
    The strenuous lessons of defeat,
    The flower deferred, the fruit denied;
    But not the peace, supremely won,
    Lord Buddha, of thy Lotus-throne.

    With futile hands, we seek to gain
    Our inaccessible desire,
    Diviner summits to attain,
    With faith that sinks and feet that tire;
    But naught shall conquer or control
    The heavenward hunger of our soul.

    The end, elusive and afar,
    Still lures us with its beckoning flight,
    And all our mortal moments are
    A session of the Infinite.
    How shall we reach the great, unknown
    Nirvana of thy Lotus-throne?

    —– Sarojini Naidu—–

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