Sarojini Naidu (13 February 1879 - 2 March 1949 / Hyderabad / India)
The Pardah Nashin
HER life is a revolving dream
Of languid and sequestered ease;
Her girdles and her fillets gleam
Like changing fires on sunset seas;
Her raiment is like morning mist,
Shot opal, gold and amethyst.
From thieving light of eyes impure,
From coveting sun or wind's caress,
Her days are guarded and secure
Behind her carven lattices,
Like jewels in a turbaned crest,
Like secrets in a lover's breast.
But though no hand unsanctioned dares
Unveil the mysteries of her grace,
Time lifts the curtain unawares,
And Sorrow looks into her face . . .
Who shall prevent the subtle years,
Or shield a woman's eyes from tears?
Sarojini Naidu's Other Poems
- A Love Song from the North
- A Rajput Love Song
- An Indian Love Song
- Autumn Song
- Corn Grinders
- Coromandel Fishers
- Cradle Song
- Damayante To Nala In The Hour Of Exile
- Harvest Hymn
- Humayun To Zobeida (From the Urdu)
- In Praise Of Henna
- In Salutation to the Eternal Peace
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