The child who is decked with prince’s robes | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

The child who is decked with prince’s robes- is a poem in the Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry collection “Song Offerings” or “Gitanjali” in Bengali. Geetanjali is a remarkable book of verses composed by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), which earned him the Nobel Prize.

The child who is decked with prince's robes | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

It was written originally in Bangla during 1908-1909 and later its English version in prose was published under the title ‘The Song offerings’. It was the first English anthology of Rabindranath published in late 1912 by the India Society of London. On 10 November of the following Year (1913), Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for the book Geetanjali.

This recognition introduced Rabindranath worldwide as an exponent of unique poetic talent. Famous Irish poet W B Yeats wrote the introduction of the English version of Geetanjali. Besides, a pencil sketch of the poet drawn by Rothenstain was published in the book. Rabindranath dedicated Geetanjali to WB Yeats.

Serial Number of the song : 08

The child who is decked with prince's robes | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর [ Rabindranath Tagore ]

The child who is decked with prince’s robes.

THE CHILD WHO is decked with prince’s robes

and who has jewelled chains round his neck loses all pleasure in his play;

his dress hampers him at every step.

In fear that it may be frayed,

or stained with dust he keeps himself from the world,

and is afraid even to move.

Mother, it is no gain, thy bondage of finery,

if it keep one shut off from the healthful dust of the earth,

if it rob one of the right of entrance to the great fair of common human life.

 

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