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Sri Aurobindo

Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

I. Short Poems

Since I have seen your face

Since I have seen your face at the window, sweet

Love, you have thrown a spell on my heart, my1 feet.

My heart to your face, my feet to your window still

Bear me by force as if by an alien will.

O witch of beauty, O Circe with innocent eyes,

You have suddenly caught me fast in a net of sighs.

I look2 at the sunlight, I see your laughing face;

When I purchase a flower, it is you in your radiant grace.

I have tried to save my soul alive from your snare,

I will strive no more; let it flutter and perish there.

I too will snare3 your body alive, O my dove,

And teach you all the torture and sweetness of love.

When you have looked4 from the window out on the trampling city,

Did you think to take my heart and pay me with pity?

But you looked at5 one who has ever mocked at sin

And gambled with life to lose her all or win.

I will pluck you forth like a fluttering bird from her nest.

You shall lie on Love’s strong knees, in his white warm breast,

Afraid, with delighted lids that will not close.

You shall grow white one moment, the next a rose.


Later edition of this work: The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.

1 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: on my


2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: When I look


3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: seize


4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: you looked


5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: on