Quotation by Amaru

"Child,
why do you waste your time
on childish things alone?"
"Clothe yourself in anger."
"Take courage,
and cast off this honesty
toward your lover."
When her girlfriends
gave her such advice,
she answered,
her face frightened,
"Speak softly.
The lord of my breath
is still in my heart.
No doubt he'll hear you."
Amaru (c. seventh century A.D.), Kashmirian king, compiler, author of some of the poems in the anthology which bears his name. translated from the Amaruataka by Martha Ann Selby, vs. 70, Motilal Banarsidass (1983).
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