THE DAWN USHERING THE NEW YEAR
1. I see the dawn ushering the New Year
Its glorious colours thrilling the heart,
I hear the song sweeter than nectar
The little black bird pealing out in rhapsody,
I see young maidens in their best costumes
Gathering flowers, making themselves merry,
Their smiles, like the hues of sapphire,
I see everywhere joy, the Mother Earth herself
playing the guitar,
Her sweet kiss and warm hug banishing fear
from every head.
2. I see the dawn ushering the New Year
Making me remember the days gone by
The struggle I had to walk erect
To live in the world and still be out of it,
To stand up to truth and with no grease to the palm,
To be a teacher indeed was no mere dream
And do one’s duty was itself its reward.
3. I see the dawn ushering the New Year
Rousing hopes in me of joining the immortals
To strain my utmost to get the vision of Beauty,
of Cosmic Effulgence,
To pour over pages to destroy lingering cobwebs
of ignorance and superstition,
To elevate the mind where none is seen as inferior
And vie with the chosen that leave their prints
on the sands of Fame.
4. I see the dawn ushering the New Year
That works miracles, making hope eternal,
That provides the healing touch to the festering sores,
That puts down the flame in the cauldron,
That restores dignity to the downtrodden,
and helps us to proclaim
That Peace and Sanity shall reign
And the World shall always be One.
Composed by R. Suryanarayana Murthy in celebration of Telugu New Year ‘VIBHAVA’ on March 18, 1988.