Valmiki

(400 BC / India)

Speech Of Nikumbha And Vajra-Hanu - Poem by Valmiki

Then arose the brave Nikumbha,-Kumbha-kama's son was he,-
Spake his young heart's mighty passion in his accents bold and free:

'Need is none, O mighty monarch, for a battle or a war,
Bid me meet the homeless Rama and his brother wand'ring far,

Bid me face the proud Sugriva, Hanuman of deepest wile,
I will rid thee of thy foemen and of Vanars poor and vile!'

Rose the chief with jaw of iron, Vajra-hanu fierce and young,
Licked his lips like hungry tiger with his red and lolling tongue:

Wherefore, monarch, dream of battle? Rakshas feed on human gore,
Let me feast upon thy foemen by the ocean's lonely shore,

Rama and his hermit brother, Hanuman who hides in wood,
Augad and the proud Sugriva soon shall be my welcome food!'


Poet's Notes about The Poem

RAMAYANA
CONDENSED INTO ENGLISH VERSE
By Romesh C. Dutt (1899)
EPIC OF RAMA, PRINCE OF INDIA
BOOK IX
RAVANA-SABHA
(The Council of War)

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 8, 2012



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