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Varuna I (Sky)

Language: English after the Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्)

Oh thou great judge, Varuna,
Day after day we break thy holy laws.
Oh let us not be yielded up to Death to be destroyèd,
To be destroyèd in thy wrath.

To gain forgiveness, Varuna,
In deepest woe I raise to thee my chant:
Behold, it riseth up towards thy holy throne to beg
for mercy,
As flies the bird unto his nest.

Thou knowest all, Varuna,
Thou knowest the pathway of the moon and wind,
Thy laws throughout eternity endure, thou mighty
ruler,
And to thy judgement all must come.

He doth appear! My cry is answered!
I am delivered from my sin.


Submitted by Geoffrey Wieting

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Text added to the website: 2003-11-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:01

Line count: 16
Word count: 104

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