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Weekend Quote #3

My Weekend Quote for this week is taken from Gitanjali (Song Offerings), a collection of poems in worship to God by Rabindranath Tagore. I read Gitanjali to take part in Blogger Buku Indonesia (BBI)’s monthly project, which is to post book reviews in certain themes. The theme this month is any work by Nobel laureates, and I chose Rabindranath Tagore, who was awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1913.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening
thought and action—
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

– from Gitanjali: 35

This is one poem that could stand on its own from the entire Gitanjali poems. A prayer Tagore sung for his country, and a prayer I will sing for mine too. That’s all I can share with you all right now, I will post further thoughts on Gitanjali on October 31st, 2012 along with other BBI members.

Happy weekend!

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3 thoughts on “Weekend Quote #3

  1. “Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by
    narrow domestic walls;”

    It reminds me of Tagore’s character in “Rumah dan Dunia”. He’s an open-minded nobleman who wants his wife to see the world.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pingback: Review: Gitanjali (Song Offerings) « Surgabukuku

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