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by Rabindranath Tagore

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On the seashore of endless worlds children meet.
The infinite
sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous.
On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances.
They build their houses with sand and they play with 5
empty shells. With withered leaves they weave their boats and
smilingly float them on the vast deep. Children
have their play on the seashore of worlds.
They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast
nets. Pearl fishers dive for pearls, merchants sail in 10
their ships, while children gather pebbles and scatter them again.
They seek not for hidden treasures, they know not
how to cast nets.
The sea surges up with laughter and pale gleams the smile
of the sea beach. Death-dealing waves sing 15
meaningless ballads to the children, even like a mother while rocking her
baby’s cradle. The sea plays with children, and
pale gleams the smile of the sea beach.
On the seashore of the endless worlds children meet. Tempest
roams in the pathless sky, ships get wrecked in the 20
trackless water, death is abroad and children play. On the seashore of
endless worlds is the great meeting of children.