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Purananuru – Poem 255

Here is an excerpt from his to-be published English translation of Purananuru.
The scene and the situation is, the hero is dead in war and his love is trying to remove him(his dead body) from the battlefield and take him to a safe place.

புறநானூறு – பாடல் 255

ஐயோ! எனின் யான் புலி அஞ் சுவலே;
அணைத்தனன்’ கொளினே, அகன் மார்பு எடுக்கல்லேன்!
என் போல் பெரு விதிர்ப்பு உறுக, நின்னை
இன்னாது உற்ற அறனில் கூற்றே!
திரை வளை முன் கை பற்றி
வரை நிழல் சேர்கம் நடந்திசின் சிறிதே!

Purananuru – Poem number: 255

Should I raise an alarm,
I fear the advent of a tiger!
Should I attempt to remove you
To another place (of safety),
I am not that strong to hold your broad chest!
May that merciless Death
That caused you attain this cruel end,
Shiver greatly, even like I do!
Come on, walk a little, in slow steps,
Holding my bangled wrist, so that
We can reach the shade of the yonder mountain!

— Poet Vanparanar

— Translated by Dr. A. Dakshinamurthy


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