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Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu

(10.6.1938 / India)

I Need Thy Light


I Need Thy Light (A Villanelle inTetrametre)

To distinguish between black and white
Things of the world that go in disguise,
O Lord, I sorely need thy light.

To pierce the masks, too weak my sight.
Though ripe in age, I'm too unwise,
To distinguish between black and white.

To clearly tell the day from night
And cream of Truth from scum of lies,
O Lord, I sorely need thy light.

Some say Right is mirror of Might;
My mettle, to me, the power denies
To distinguish between black and white.

At times the Wrong appears as Right;
From its dark dazzle to shield my eyes,
O Lord, I sorely need thy light.

Thou holdest Right at a great height!
To reach that level help me rise.
To distinguish between black and white,
O Lord, I sorely need Thy Light.

Submitted: Monday, April 07, 2008

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  • Maia Padua (11/9/2008 4:27:00 AM)

    oh, God thanks for this guiding piece..this is my light...as I need thy light...thanks for sharing this ma'am...my inspirations in times of temptations(making the wrong right.) ...to prevent dazzle to shield my eyes...my mind and my heart.....this will serve as my guiding light to every temptations I may encounter.....thanks for sharing this ma'am...I LOVE this PIECE and I'll make this as my favorite....10++++++and my vote...God loves..God bless you...always........ (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (8/22/2008 4:16:00 AM)

    when my Guru said- you are God
    but here this poet made it prudent proximity of Him
    To clearly tell the day from night
    And cream of Truth from scum of lies,
    O Lord, I sorely need thy light.

    Some say Right is mirror of Might;
    My mettle, to me, the power denies
    To distinguish between black and white. (Report) Reply

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