Born on May 7, 1861, the Poet Laureate of India, Rabindranath Tagore gave a face to Bengali literature, arts, and music with his incredible verses and artistic works in the late 19th and early 20th century. His poetry collection, 'Gitanjali', which is popular for the "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1913 making him the first non-European to get hold of the prestigious award.
Decades after, his verses still linger on the pages of literature and is an inspiration for all the students of literature not just in India, but all around the world. Here are few of his verses, that stood the test of time and is still beautiful and poignant as ever:
A thousand useless things happen day after day, and whycouldn't such a thing come true by chance?It would be like a story in a book.
This song of mine will wind its music around you, my child, likethe fond arms of love.This song of mine will touch your forehead like a kiss ofblessing.When you are alone it will sit by your side and whisper inyour ear, when you are in the crowd it will fence you about withaloofness.
The butterfly counts not months but moments,and has time enough.Time is a wealth of change,but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth.Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Timelike dew on the tip of a leaf.
Beauty is truth's smilewhen she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.Beauty is in the ideal of perfect harmonywhich is in the universal being;truth the perfect comprehension of the universal mind.
Keep me fully glad with nothing. Only take my hand in your hand.In the gloom of the deepening night take up my heart and play with it as you list. Bind me close to you with nothing.
And thus it is that time goes bywhile I give it to every querulous man who claims it,and thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last.
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