Kavi Samaya: The Moon and The Ocean

Most of our verses of the week are taken from poems, or anthologies of poetry, but verse is also used extensively in drama.  The verse below if from a play called Mālatīmādhava, and is based upon the convention that the ocean swells at the rise of the moon, and that the faces of pretty women are as beautiful, if not more beautiful, than the moon.

अनुभवं वदनेन्दुरुपागमन्नियतमेष यदस्य महात्मनः ।

क्षुभितमुत्कलिकातरलं मनः पय इव स्तिमितस्य महोदधेः ॥

Her face –

the moon –

must have been sighted:

the mind of this gentleman,

normally so composed,

surges and trembles with longing,

as the waters of the glass-smooth sea

heave and pitch with the swell.


3.10 of Bhavabhūti’s Mālatīmādhava

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