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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Author Unknown

A Group of Indian Epigrams: The Metempsychosis (I)

Translation of Charles Rockwell Lanman, editor

FOR one brief hour we tarry with our loves.

The wheel of birth and death, aye whirling, moves

Round the long paths from primal naught to Brahm’s abode.

We joy to give those loves the name of “brother,”

Of “friend,” perhaps, of “father,” or of “mother.”

Alas! they’re chance acquaintance met upon the road.