Category Archives: Kalidasa

4th Century – 5th Century

poem – the death of love

Is eager gaze the sovereign of the skies looked full on Káma with his thousand eyes: E’en such a gaze as trembling suppliants bend, When danger threatens, on a mighty friend. Close by his side, where Indra bade him rest, … Continue reading

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poem – rati’s lament

Sad, solitary, helpless, faint, forlorn, Woke Káma’s darling from her swoon to mourn. Too soon her gentle soul returned to know The pangs of widowhood—that word of woe. Scarce could she raise her, trembling, from the ground, Scarce dared to … Continue reading

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poem – pre winter

“Delightful are trees and fields with the outgrowth of new tender-leaves and crops, Lodhra trees are with their blossomy flowers, crops of rice are completely ripened, but now lotuses are on their surcease by far, for the dewdrops are falling… … Continue reading

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poem – uma’s bridal

In light and glory dawned the expected day Blest with a kindly star’s auspicious ray, When gaily gathered at Himálaya’s call His kinsmen to the solemn festival. Through the broad city every dame’s awake To grace the bridal for her … Continue reading

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poem – uma’s reward

Now woe to Umá, for young Love is slain, Her Lord hath left her, and her hope is vain. Woe, woe to Umá! how the Mountain-Maid Cursed her bright beauty for its feeble aid! ‘Tis Beauty’s guerdon which she loves … Continue reading

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Poem – The Address of Brahma

While impious Tárak in resistless might Was troubling heaven and earth with wild affright, To Brahmá’s high abode, by Indra led, The mournful deities for refuge fled. As when the Day-God’s loving beams awake The lotus slumbering on the silver … Continue reading

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Poem – Uma’s Nativity

Far in the north Himálaya, lifting high His towery summits till they cleave the sky, Spans the wide land from east to western sea, Lord of the hills, instinct with deity. For him, when Prithu ruled in days of old … Continue reading

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