Words on Wednesdays


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high 
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls 

Where words come out from the depths of truth 
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection 
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way 
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit 
Where the mind is led forward by thee 
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

— taken from the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore