Henry Louis Vivian Derozio
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio was a fiery Indian teacher and poet. As a lecturer at the Hindu College of Calcutta, he invigorated a large group of students to think independently; this Young Bengal group played a key role in the Bengal renaissance.
Derozio was generally considered an Anglo-Indian, being of mixed Portuguese descent, but he was fired by a patriotic spirit for his native Bengal, and considered himself Indian. In his poem To India My Native Land he wrote:
“My Country! In the days of Glory Past
A beauteous halo circled round thy brow
And worshiped as deity thou wast,
Where is that Glory, where is that reverence now?”
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Henry Louis Vivian Derozio Poems
The Harp Of India
Why hang'st thou lonely on yon withered bough? Unstrung for ever, must thou there remain; Thy music once was sweet - who hears it now?
To My Native Land
My country! In thy days of glory past A beauteous halo circled round thy brow and worshipped as a deity thou wast—
A Walk By Moonlight
Last night - it was a lovely night, And I was very blest - Shall it not be for Memory A happy spot to rest?
Song Of The Hindustanee Minstrel
I With surmah tinge the black eye's fringe, 'Twill sparkle like a star;
Going Into Darkness
'It is that hour when dusky night Comes gathering o're departing light, When hue by hue and ray by ray, Thine eye may watch it waste away,
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The Harp Of India
Why hang'st thou lonely on yon withered bough?
Unstrung for ever, must thou there remain;
Thy music once was sweet - who hears it now?
Why doth the breeze sigh over thee in vain?
Silence hath bound thee with her fatal chain;
Neglected, mute, and desolate art thou,
Like ruined monument on desert plain:
O! many a hand more worthy far than mine
Once thy harmonious chords to sweetness gave,
And many a wreath for them did Fame entwine
Of flowers still blooming on the minstrel's grave:
Those hands are cold - but if thy notes divine
May be by mortal wakened once ...