The Bird of Time
(1912) is a collection of poems by Sarojini Naidu
, who was called the 'Nightingale of India' for her poetic skill. Her poetry was praised both in British-controlled India and abroad. Sarojini Naidu also took an active role in the Indian independence movement and in politics, becoming President of the Indian National Congress and serving as Governor of the United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh. The Bird of Time
was her second book of poems to be published.
O Bird of Time on your fruitful bough
What are the songs you sing? . . .
Songs of the glory and gladness of life,
Of poignant sorrow and passionate strife,
And the lilting joy of the spring;
Of hope that sows for the years unborn,
And faith that dreams of a tarrying morn,
The fragrant peace of the twilight's breath,
And the mystic silence that men call death.
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