poet Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

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Give Me Strength

This is my prayer to thee, my lord---strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart.

Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.

Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.

Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.

Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.

And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Suryendu Chaudhury (10/9/2020 4:24:00 AM)

    Complete devotion to the divine can bring about for such an ask for inspiration.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/5/2019 12:09:00 AM)

    Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.

    Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service........touching expression with lofty theme. Beautiful poem.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/4/2019 11:33:00 PM)

    A great prayer emanating from a sublimated mind.

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  • Banamala SenBanamala Sen (7/4/2019 8:35:00 PM)

    Every time I read a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, I feel - these are the most sublime words I have ever come across in print! Every line in his poem conveys a spirituality indicating the mind of not only a brilliant poet, but a great philosopher!

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/4/2019 12:00:00 PM)

    Read this poem as a student long ago. A beautiful prayer reiterating the need for and adherence to pure human values. I would like to translate it into Hindi.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/4/2019 10:38:00 AM)

    One of the best poem by Guruji. Enjoyed reading.

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (7/4/2019 8:42:00 AM)

    Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles. Great thought by the great poet

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  • The MuseThe Muse (7/4/2019 6:38:00 AM)

    Isn't this a famous religious hymn too?

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/4/2019 4:10:00 AM)

    excellent indeed
    this is insightful poet
    here the greatest poet prayed for removing the penury of heart and enlightening inside-outside entirely

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/4/2019 1:32:00 AM)

    Requisition to God to give him strength to withstand both joys and sorrows in life in powerfully expressed by master Poet Tagore!

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/4/2019 12:31:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Rabindranath Tagore that
    conveys the message on total submission to the Almighty.......

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/4/2019 12:16:00 AM)

    Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
    Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.

    great
    HE is great
    His writing is great
    the great POET for me

    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++x1000000000000000

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  • Emon Acharjee (5/18/2018 8:21:00 AM)

    Best poem by Rabindranath Tagore

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  • Gnanssekaran K (4/28/2018 10:16:00 AM)

    This poem is one of my favorites.

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  • rishi sasmal (1/7/2018 8:18:00 AM)

    very good givenrthhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/26/2016 11:23:00 PM)

    Give me strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
    A meaningful prayer versified by the great poet. Thanks for sharing it here.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/26/2016 5:06:00 PM)

    What a powerful prayer and aimed so well at the common fault-lines in our make-up. I applaud the simplicity of his prayer- he is talking directly from his heart and soul to his Creator and in doing so he talks without ornamentation, gaudiness, or look-at-me stylish writing. He is simply and reverently praying for God to invest him with strength to do God's will. Absolutely a model of prayer.

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (6/26/2016 1:08:00 AM)

    This is one of the best prayers I have seen in the recent past, to ask for the strength to bear the suffering and to obtain the strength for serving is something very unique and different......100+++++

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/26/2016 12:45:00 AM)

    To bear my joys and sorrows! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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