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(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

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Chain Of Pearls

Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls for thy neck
with my tears of sorrow.

The stars have wrought their anklets of light to deck thy feet,
but mine will hang upon thy breast.

Wealth and fame come from thee
and it is for thee to give or to withhold them.
But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own,
and when I bring it to thee as my offering
thou rewardest me with thy grace.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004


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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/23/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    Human being trying to make itself wholly perfect and beautiful with truthful and dedicated life is a wonderful thing to imagine. Here the gurudev Rabindranatha Tagore writes about his offering of pearl chain which made by the tears as the pearl and submits himself to the allmighty. Wonderfully written.

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  • Sarah Jones (9/24/2013 10:10:00 PM)

    Chain of pearls for tears of sorrow..... beautiful imagery.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/24/2013 10:29:00 AM)

    Beautiful chain of pearl made with tears of sorrow...loved reading.

  • Soumita Sarkar (9/11/2013 11:03:00 AM)

    Loved it.............Mr.Wahab...who is redundant? ?

  • Wahab Abdul (7/5/2013 11:58:00 AM)

    mine / own... is not needed...a redundant..

  • D. S. (4/12/2013 2:49:00 AM)

    But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own- Rabindranath Tagore

    All happy families are alike but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion- Leo Tolstoy

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/5/2013 5:01:00 AM)

    taking the sorrow as the gift to the God! Tagore! You are too great!

  • Melanie Ann Calvert (3/31/2007 3:38:00 PM)

    I think this is one of Tagore's best works.

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