The Ramayan of Valmiki, Translated Into English Verse

The Ramayan of Valmiki, Translated Into English Verse

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Excerpt: ... demons' eyes in sleep she closed. Then achi's lord, the Thousand-eyed, To the A oka garden hied. He came and stood where Sita lay, And gently thus began to say: "Lord of the Gods who hold the sky, Dame of the lovely smile, am I. Weep no more, lady, weep no more; Thy days of woe will soon be o'er. I come, O Janak's child, to be The helper of thy lord and thee. He through my grace, with hosts to aid, This sea-girt land will soon invade. 'Tis by my art that slumbers close The eyelids of thy giant foes. Now I, with Sleep, this place have sought, Videhan lady, and have brought A gift of heaven's ambrosial food To stay thee in thy solitude. Receive it from my hand, and taste, O lady of the dainty waist: For countless ages thou shall be From pangs of thirst and hunger free." But doubt within her bosom woke As to the Lord of Gods she spoke: "How may I know for truth that thou Whose form I see before me now Art verily the King adored By heavenly Gods, and achi's lord? With Raghu's sons I learnt to know The certain signs which Godhead show. These marks before mine eyes display If o'er the Gods thou bear the sway." The heavenly lord of achi heard, And did according to her word. Above the ground his feet were raised; With eyelids motionless he gazed. No dust upon his raiment lay, And his bright wreath was fresh and gay. Nor was the lady's glad heart slow The Monarch of the Gods to know, And while the tears unceasing ran From her sweet eyes she thus began: "My lord has gained a friend in thee, And I this day thy presence see Shown clearly to mine eyes, as when Rama and Lakshma, lords of men, Beheld it, and their sire the king, And Janak too from whom I spring. Now I, O Monarch of the Blest, Will eat this food at thy behest, Which thou hast brought me, of thy grace, To aid and strengthen Raghu's race." She spoke, and by his words relieved, The food from Indra's hand received, Yet ere she ate the balm he brought, On Lakshma and her...
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  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236729773
  • 9781236729774