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Gitanjali 35

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
     Where knowledge is free;
     Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
     Where words come out from the depth of truth;
     Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
     Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
     Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action— 
     Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.


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About this Poem

“Gitanjali 35” was published in Gitanjali (Song Offerings) (Macmillan, 1913).


Rabindranath Tagore

Born in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

Date Published: 1913-01-01

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