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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Extract from Kālidāsa’s ‘Çakuntalā’
Indian Literature
 
        
After the Translation of Meier
  
  [The King sees Çakuntalā for the first time, clad in homespun, and speaks.]

THAT coarse ascetic garb, which, knotted firmly on the shoulder, covers her full bosom, doth cast a darkness upon her beauteous form, even as a dry leaf darkens an opening bud. The lotus is lovely, even if it grows in a swamp. The spots on the moon only brighten the light of its beauty. Even so in homespun garb yon slender maiden appears all the fairer.  1
  Though she speaks not to me, yet doth she listen when I speak. Though she turns not her face toward me, yet doth her eye seek me alone.  2
 
 
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