Subramanya Bharathi

[Mahakavi Bharathiyar] (11 December 1882 - 11 September 1921 / Ettayapuram, Madras Presidency / India)

Invocation To Freedom

Mother, those that hungering seek thy grace
And offer to thee their life and love,
Howbeit consigned to dungeons here,
They'd qualify for a place in Heaven.

Those unvisited by your grace, Mother,
Must exult in being slaves;
Albeit inhabiting palaces,
They breathe the air of prison cells.

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