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The child who is decked with prince's...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

The child who is decked with prince's robes
and who has jewelled chains round his neck 
loses all pleasure in his play; 
his dress hampers him at every step.

In fear that it may be frayed, 
or stained with dust 
he keeps himself from the world, 
and is afraid even to move.

Mother, it is no gain, 
thy bondage of finery, 
if it keeps one shut off 
from the healthful dust of the earth, 
if it rob one of the right of entrance 
to the great fair of common human life.

Translation(s): GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Einsicht", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:05
Line count: 14
Word count: 91

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