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Collected Poems


Part One: England and Baroda 1883 – 1898

Poem Published in 1883
Light 5
Songs to Myrtilla
Songs to Myrtilla 9
O Coïl, Coïl 15
Goethe 16
The Lost Deliverer 16
Charles Stewart Parnell 17
Hic Jacet 17
Lines on Ireland 18
On a Satyr and Sleeping Love 22
A Rose of Women 22
Saraswati with the Lotus 22
Night by the Sea 23
The Lover’s Complaint 26
Love in Sorrow 28
The Island Grave 30
Estelle 31
Radha’s Complaint in Absence 32
Radha’s Appeal 32
Bankim Chandra Chatterji 34
Madhusudan Dutt 35
To the Cuckoo 36
Envoi 37
Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1891 – 1898
To a Hero-Worshipper 41
Phaethon 42
The Just Man 43
Incomplete Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1891 – 1892
Thou bright choregus 47
Like a white statue 47
The Vigil of Thaliard 48

Part Two: Baroda, c. 1898 – 1902

Complete Narrative Poems
Urvasie 65
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Incomplete Narrative Poems, c. 1899 – 1902
Khaled of the Sea 145
Uloupie 163
Sonnets from Manuscripts, c. 1900 – 1901
O face that I have loved 177
I cannot equal 177
O letter dull and cold 178
My life is wasted 178
Because thy flame is spent 179
Thou didst mistake 179
Rose, I have loved 180
I have a hundred lives 180
Still there is something 181
I have a doubt 181
To weep because a glorious sun 182
What is this talk 182
Short Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1900 – 1901
The Spring Child 185
A Doubt 186
The Nightingale 186
Euphrosyne 187
A Thing Seen 187
Epitaph 188
To the Modern Priam 188
Song 188
Epigram 189
The Three Cries of Deiphobus 189
Perigone Prologuises 189
Since I have seen your face 192
So that was why 193
World’s delight 194

Part Three: Baroda and Bengal, c. 1900 – 1909

Poems from Ahana and Other Poems
Invitation 201 Paper icon.png
Who 201 Paper icon.png
Miracles 203
Reminiscence 203
A Vision of Science 204
Immortal Love 206
A Tree 207
To the Sea 207
Revelation 209
Karma 209
Appeal 210
A Child’s Imagination 211
The Sea at Night 211
The Vedantin’s Prayer 212
Rebirth 213
The Triumph-Song of Trishuncou 215
Life and Death 216
Evening 216
Parabrahman 216
God 218
The Fear of Death 219
Seasons 219
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In the Moonlight 237
Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1900 – 1906
To the Boers 247
Vision 255
To the Ganges 256
Suddenly out from the wonderful East 260
On the Mountains 261

Part Four: Calcutta and Chandernagore 1907 – 1910

Satirical Poem Published in 1907
Reflections of Srinath Paul, Rai Bahadoor, on the Present Discontents 267
Short Poems Published in 1909 and 1910
The Mother of Dreams 273
An Image 274
The Birth of Sin 275
Epiphany 279
To R. 280
Transiit, Non Periit 282
Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1909 – 1910
Perfect thy motion 285
A Dialogue 286
Narrative Poems Published in 1910
Baji Prabhou 293
Chitrangada 309
Poems Written in 1910 and Published in 1920 – 1921
The Rakshasas 321 Paper icon.png
Kama 324
The Mahatmas 325

Part Five: Pondicherry, c. 1910 – 1920

Two Poems in Quantitative Hexameters
Ilion 333
Ahana 475
Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1912 – 1913
The Descent of Ahana 495
The Meditations of Mandavya 509
Incomplete Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1912 – 1920
Thou who controllest 519
Sole in the meadows of Thebes 519
O Will of God 520
The Tale of Nala [1] 521
The Tale of Nala [2] 525

Part Six: Baroda and Pondicherry, c. 1902 – 1936

Poems Past and Present
Musa Spiritus 531
Bride of the Fire 532
The Blue Bird 533
A God’s Labour 534
Hell and Heaven 538
Kamadeva 540
Life 541
One Day 542

Part Seven: Pondicherry, c. 1927 – 1947

Six Poems
The Bird of Fire 547 Paper icon.png
Trance 548
Shiva 548 Paper icon.png
The Life Heavens 549
Jivanmukta 551
In Horis Aeternum 553
Poems
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Nirvana 561 Paper icon.png
The Other Earths 562
Thought the Paraclete 562
Moon of Two Hemispheres 563
Rose of God 564
Poems Published in On Quantitative Metre
Ocean Oneness 573
Trance of Waiting 573
Flame-Wind 574
The River 575
Journey’s End 576
The Dream Boat 576
Soul in the Ignorance 577
The Witness and the Wheel 577
Descent 578
The Lost Boat 579
Renewal 580
Soul’s Scene 580
Ascent 581
The Tiger and the Deer 583
Three Sonnets
Man the Enigma 589
The Infinitesimal Infinite 589
The Cosmic Dance 590
Sonnets from Manuscripts, c. 1934 – 1947
Man the Thinking Animal 593
Contrasts 593
The Silver Call 594
Evolution [1] 594
The Call of the Impossible 595
Evolution [2] 595
Man the Mediator 596
Discoveries of Science 596
All here is Spirit 597
The Ways of the Spirit [1] 597
The Ways of the Spirit [2] 598
Science and the Unknowable 598
The Yogi on the Whirlpool 599
The Kingdom Within 599
Now I have borne 600
Electron 600
The Indwelling Universal 601
Bliss of Identity 601
The Witness Spirit 602
The Hidden Plan 602
The Pilgrim of the Night 603
Cosmic Consciousness 603
Liberation [1] 604
The Inconscient 604
Life-Unity 605
The Golden Light 605
The Infinite Adventure 606
The Greater Plan 606
The Universal Incarnation 607
The Godhead 607
The Stone Goddess 608
Krishna 608
Shiva 609
The Word of the Silence 609
The Self’s Infinity 610
The Dual Being 610
Lila 611
Surrender 611
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The Guest 612
The Inner Sovereign 613
Creation 613
A Dream of Surreal Science 614
In the Battle 614
The Little Ego 615
The Miracle of Birth 615
The Bliss of Brahman 616
Moments 616
The Body 617
Liberation [2] 617
Light 618
The Unseen Infinite 618
“I” 619
The Cosmic Spirit 619
Self 620
Omnipresence 620
The Inconscient Foundation 621
Adwaita 621
The Hill-top Temple 622
The Divine Hearing 622
Because Thou art 623
Divine Sight 623
Divine Sense 624
The Iron Dictators 624
Form 625
Immortality 625
Man, the Despot of Contraries 626
The One Self 626
The Inner Fields 627
Lyrical Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1934 – 1947
Symbol Moon 631
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Who art thou that camest 635
One 635
In a mounting as of sea-tides 636
Krishna 637
The Cosmic Man 637
The Island Sun 638
Despair on the Staircase 639
The Dwarf Napoleon 639
The Children of Wotan 641
The Mother of God 642
The End? 643
Silence is all 644
Poems Written as Metrical Experiments
O pall of black Night 649
To the hill-tops of silence 649
Oh, but fair was her face 649
In the ending of time 650
In some faint dawn 650
In a flaming as of spaces 650
O Life, thy breath is but a cry 651
Vast-winged the wind ran 651
Winged with dangerous deity 652
Outspread a Wave burst 652
On the grey street 653
Cry of the ocean’s surges 653
Nonsense and “Surrealist” Verse
A Ballad of Doom 657
Surrealist 658
Surrealist Poems 659
Incomplete Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1927 – 1947
Thou art myself 663
Vain, they have said 663
Pururavus 663
The Death of a God [1] 665
The Death of a God [2] 666
The Inconscient and the Traveller Fire 666
I walked beside the waters 668
A strong son of lightning 670
I made danger my helper 670
The Inconscient 671
In gleam Konarak 672
Bugles of Light 673
The Fire King and the Messenger 673
God to thy greatness 675
Silver foam 675
Torn are the walls 675
O ye Powers 676
Hail to the fallen 676
Seer deep-hearted 677
Soul, my soul [1] 678
Soul, my soul [2] 678
I am filled with the crash of war 679
In the silence of the midnight 679
Here in the green of the forest 680
Voice of the Summits 681

Appendix: Poems in Greek and in French

Greek Epigram 685
Lorsque rien n’existait 686
Sur les grands sommets blancs 687


Notes are paraphrased from the “Publisher's Note” and “Note on the Texts”.


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