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LAKSHMI, THE LOTUS-BORN; GODDESS OF FORTUNE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou who didst rise like a pearl from the ocean
Last Line: Hearken, o lotus-born!
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Life; Mythology


THOU who didst rise like a pearl from the ocean,
Whose beauty surpasseth the splendour of morn!
Lo! We invoke thee with eager devotion,
Hearken, O Lotus-born!

Come! with sweet eyelids and fingers caressing,
With footfalls auspicious our thresholds adorn,
And grant us the showers and the sheaves of thyblessing,
Hearken, O Lotus-born!

Prosper our cradles and kindred and cattle,
And cherish our hearth-fires and coffers and corn,
O watch o'er our seasons of peace and of battle,
Hearken, O Lotus-born!

For our dear Land do we offer oblation,
O keep thou her glory unsullied, unshorn,
And guard the invincible hope of our nation,
Hearken, O Lotus-born!





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