by Kalidasa (flourished 5th century)
Translation by Arthur William Ryder (1877 - 1938)

A song behind the scenes
Language: English  after the Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) 
You who kissed the mango-flower,
Honey-loving bee,
Gave her all your passion's power,
Ah, so tenderly!

How can you be tempted so
By the lily, pet?
Fresher honey's sweet, I know;
But can you forget?

Confirmed with Kalidasa. Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works, by Arthur W. Ryder, University of California; London and Toronto, J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd in New York by E. P. Dutton & Co., 1920.


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