A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry by A. N. D. Haksar

By A. N. D. Haksar

It is a entire anthology of Sanskrit poetry within the most sensible English translations to be had. the 1st ever of its style, it brings jointly excerpts from a whole diversity of unique works, translated by way of over 40 individual writers together with poets and students, savants and seers, and winners of the Nobel prize for literature.

Drawing from sacred in addition to vintage and folks literature, this assortment incorporates a big choice of poetry in translation. It comprises nature hymns and mystic utterances; epic narratives and love lyrics; songs and reflections at the human situation; verses devotional and philosophic, heroic and tragic, erotic and satiric; courtly epigrams and inscriptions, and straightforward poems shape the countryside.

English translations from Sanskrit have a heritage of over centuries. the best of those renderings were compiled during this quantity by means of a well known Sanskritist to offer the traditional language's poetic splendour, now not via discovered discourse, yet by means of letting the poetry converse for itself.

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Brief, alas, thy rad iant summers, fai r Subhadra's gal l ant boy, Loved of Matsya' s soft-eyed princess and her young heart's pride and j oy . Brief: alas, thy sun l i t winters, l i ght of w a r too early q uenched, Peerl ess son of peerless A�i un, in the blood of foemen drenched ! Drona on that fatal morning ranged his dreadfu l battle- l i ne I n a circle darkly spread ing w here the chiefs with chiefs combi ne, And the Pandavs looked despai ring on the battle's dread array, Vainly strove to force a passage, vai n l y sought their onward way !

Send i ng out her beams, she rose up facing al l , I n bri l l i ant robes, resplendent, radi ating­ Golden-coloured and glorious to behol d, Mother of plenty, m istress of the days she shone. B l essed, bearing the sun, the eye of the gods, Lead i n g her white horse, magnificent to see, Dawn reveal s hersel f, arrayed i n beams of l i gh t, And w i th boundless glory she transforms the world. 4 • A Treasury o/Sanskrit Poetry o fa i r one banish the enemy w i t h l i gh t ! , A n d prepare for us broad pastures free from fear!

By whom impe l l ed soars forth the m i nd proj ected? By whom enjoi ned goes forth the earl iest breath i ng? By whom i m pe l l ed this speech do peopl e utter? The eye, the ear-what god, pray, them enjoi neth? That which is the hearing of the ear, The thought of the m i nd, The voice of speech, as also the breathi ng of the breath, And the sight of the eye ! Past these escapi ng, the wise, On departing from this world, become immortal . There the eye goes not; Speech goes not, nor the m i nd .

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