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Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Madras: Une belle
Language: French (Français)  after the Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Une belle à la taille svelte
se promène sous les arbres de la forêt,
en se reposant de temps en temps.
Ayant relevé de la main
les trois voiles d'or
qui lui couvre les seins,
elle renvoie à la lune
les rayons dont elle était baignée.


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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Madras : A beauty", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Madras: Eine Schöne", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 46

Madras : A beauty
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
A beauty of slender build
goes for a walk in the forest,
taking a rest from time to time.
Having lifted 
the three golden veils,
that cover her bosom,
she sends back to the moon
the rays she has bathed in.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-04-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 41