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

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.

This poem is in the public domain. 

This poem is in the public domain. 

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Thou hast made me known to friends whom I knew not. Thou hast given me seats in homes not my own. Thou hast brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger. I am uneasy at heart when I have to leave my accustomed shelter; I forgot that there abides the old in the new, and that there also