Know I know I know

By Jyotiprasad Agarwala

Know I know I know
Nothing goes in vain, my song too
All my drops of tear
Merging with the shrine water
Will gleam on the worshipper 
In every cell of him.

Know I know I know
All my songs are so novel
Smell like lotuses in bloom
I know I know
They'll wake the world's soul.

That morning star lonely yonder
Lost in the song of its own
Sets in the lap of dawn
Giving its smile in the glow
Know I know I know
Nothing goes in vain, its song too.

Wake up in novel rhythm
All lotus words mute in charm
Gather in chorus in countless voices
Wake up honeyed melody in ecstasy.

Translated by Nirendra Nath Thakuria

Jyotiprasad Agarwala (b.1903-d.1951) was a noted poet, songwriter, playwright, filmmaker and freedom fighter of Assam.

Nirendra Nath Thakuria, retired Associate Professor of English, is a translator.

Click here to read the original Assamese poem.

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