Rabindranath Tagore

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

Chain Of Pearls

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

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.


Comments about Chain Of Pearls by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Nicole SettimiNicole Settimi (8/5/2019 6:23:00 AM)

    I shall weave a chain of pearls for thy neck
    with my tears of sorrow. - such a really lovely opener and the imagery here was so strong for me.

    Xx NDS(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (5/12/2019 3:20:00 PM)

    Breathtaking imagery, ignites the imagination, the opening lines are solid as gold, Tagore professes his love for his mother that is eternally endearing to last a thousand lifetimes. So glad this was chosen as poem of the day(Report)Reply

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  • Alouwou Mandjah (5/12/2019 3:13:00 PM)

    " Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls for thy neck
    with my tears of sorrow." Rabindranath Tagore(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (5/12/2019 9:11:00 AM)

    A good tribute to Mother by the great poet of India!(Report)Reply

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  • Varsha M (5/12/2019 8:58:00 AM)

    I never had opportunity to read Ravindranath Tagore's poems. This is my first one. No doubt because of his such Gracious poems he got nobel prize for his book 'Gitanjali'.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/12/2019 2:26:00 AM)

    With my tears of sorrow! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (5/12/2019 2:17:00 AM)

    A heart touching prayer from the great poet of India.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/12/2019 2:09:00 AM)

    beautiful, charming, pleasing, fabulous poem indeed(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/12/2019 1:42:00 AM)

    Great tribute to a mother- to any mother. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/12/2019 1:22:00 AM)

    such a beautiful and emotional poem of the great Tagore of India. Tony(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (5/12/2019 12:41:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Rabindranath Tagore....(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish kumar sing (6/1/2018 2:35:00 AM)

    Thank you for you give me poem my h.w it will easy thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/20/2016 2:39:00 PM)

    Gorgeous images are sprinkled about in this poem- particularly the following lines:
    - - - - - -Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls for thy neck
    with my tears of sorrow.(Report)Reply

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  • Brenna Franklin (1/13/2016 2:31:00 PM)

    The pearls represent his sorrow and fear for the future on his mother neck. Maybe to represent letting it go?(Report)Reply

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  • Amit Madhvani (4/25/2015 9:46:00 AM)

    nice-one to emotional(Report)Reply

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  • Rajesh ThankappanRajesh Thankappan (1/17/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    When we report our sufferings to the mother Goddess, the Goddess blesses us with Her grace.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/8/2014 8:42:00 PM)

    ........could imagine he was feeling sorrow for his mother passing away.....so he places a chain of pearls around her neck....fashioned from his sorrow......beautiful poem....(Report)Reply

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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.(Report)Reply

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

    Chain of pearls for tears of sorrow..... beautiful imagery.(Report)Reply

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

    Beautiful chain of pearl made with tears of sorrow...loved reading.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004