Translation by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)

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.

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Researcher for this text: Geoffrey Wieting

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-24
Line count: 16
Word count: 104