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The
Song Celestialor
Bhagavad-Gita


names I joy to count: thyself the first,? Then Bhishma, Karna, Kripa fierce in
fight,? Vikarna, Aswatthaman; next to these? Strong Saumadatti, with full many
more? Valiant and tried, ready this day to die? For me their king, each with his
weapon grasped,? Each skilful in the field. Weakest-meseems-? Our battle shows
where Bhishma holds command,? And Bhima, fronting him, something too
strong!? Have care our captains nigh to Bhishma's ranks? Prepare what help they
may! Now, blow my shell!"
Then, at the signal of the aged king,? With blare to wake the blood, rolling
around? Like to a lion's roar, the trumpeter? Blew the great Conch; and, at the noise
of it,? Trumpets and drums, cymbals and gongs and horns? Burst into sudden
clamour; as the blasts? Of loosened tempest, such the tumult seemed!? Then might
be seen, upon their car of gold? Yoked with white steeds, blowing their battle-
shells,? Krishna the God, Arjuna at his side:? Krishna, with knotted locks, blew his
great conch? Carved of the "Giant's bone;" Arjuna blew? Indra's loud gift; Bhima the
terrible--? Wolf-bellied Bhima-blew a long reed-conch;? And Yudhisthira, Kunti's
blameless son,? Winded a mighty shell, "Victory's Voice;"? And Nakula blew shrill
upon his conch? Named the "Sweet-sounding," Sahadev on his? Called"Gem-
bedecked," and Kasi's Prince on his.? Sikhandi on his car, Dhrishtadyumn,? Virata,
Satyaki the Unsubdued,? Drupada, with his sons, (O Lord of Earth!)? Long-armed
Subhadra's children, all blew loud,? So that the clangour shook their foemen's
hearts,? With quaking earth and thundering heav'n.
Then 'twas-? Beholding Dhritirashtra's battle set,? Weapons unsheathing, bows
drawn forth, the war? Instant to break-Arjun, whose ensign-badge? Was Hanuman
the monkey, spake this thing? To Krishna the Divine, his charioteer:? "Drive,
Dauntless One! to yonder open ground? Betwixt the armies; I would see more
nigh? These who will fight with us, those we must slay? To-day, in war's
arbitrament; for, sure,? On bloodshed all are bent who throng this plain,? Obeying
Dhritirashtra's sinful son."
Thus, by Arjuna prayed, (O Bharata!)? Between the hosts that heavenly
Charioteer? Drove the bright car, reining its milk -white steeds? Where Bhishma
led,and Drona,and their Lords.? "See!" spake he to Arjuna, "where they stand,? Thy
kindred of the Kurus:" and the Prince? Marked on each hand the kinsmen of his
house,? Grandsires and sires, uncles and brothers and sons,? Cousins and sons-in-
law and nephews, mixed? With friends and honoured elders; some this side,? Some
that side ranged: and, seeing those opposed,? Such kith grown enemies-Arjuna's
heart? Melted with pity, while he uttered this:
Arjuna.? Krishna! as I behold, come here to shed? Their common blood, yon
concourse of our kin,? My members fail, my tongue dries in my mouth,? A shudder
thrills my body, and my hair? Bristles with horror; from my weak hand
slips? Gandiv, the goodly bow; a fever burns? My skin to parching; hardly may I
stand;? The life within me seems to swim and faint;? Nothing do I foresee save woe
and wail!? It is not good, O Keshav! nought of good? Can spring from mutual
slaughter! Lo, I hate? Triumph and domination, wealth and ease,? Thus sadly won!
Aho! what victory? Can bring delight, Govinda! what rich spoils? Could profit; what
rule recompense; what span? Of life itself seem sweet, bought with such
blood?? Seeing that these stand here, ready to die,? For whose sake life was fair, and
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