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Reap the paddy, mow the paddy
Mow on, reap on!!

All the fields to the vision's end
Are full and mature!
So ripe and full!!
Rustling and surging
With glee overbrimming!
Flow with the air
And laugh like blooms,
Get up and quit the old hovels
Comrade! the open fields are beckoning you!
Reap the paddy, mow the paddy
Mow on, reap on!!

Water trickled through the glaciers,
And ran in many rapid restless currents
Carrying along the alluvial dust,
Down the heights of the Himalayas.
The dust drenched in sweat of labour,
Shot up in the bowers and on boughs
Blossoms white, red and yellow
The gracious Mother Earth
Blesses you with a life-long and happy!
Reap the paddy, mow the paddy
Mow on, reap on!!

When the monsoon clouds dark and dense
Enveloped the sky and hovered over head,
The dry bowers of heart
Were drenched with hopes divine,
With  abandon and delight;
As if,
The beautiful white - 'Kajal'1-applied eyes
Of a pretty, healthy, sweet, delicate mellow maid
Bedecked with lustre bewitching
Over brimming with live emotions new
And dreams of simple life,
Sing the song of a world reborn!
Reap the paddy, mow the paddy
Mow on, reap on!!

The seeds sown by your labour devout
For the world's resurgence and remarking
Have come to blossom,
The fond dreams nurtured in the lap of eye-lids
Those seeds now find fulfilment and fruition
And embrace these myriad spikes
And play with abandon in the cool moon-light
Be up and doing,
Hear O! you master of the vast land
From Kanya-Kumari to mountain Kailash!
Hear and hail the new upsurge!
Behold the families all of the village,
Find the fruition of their dreams!
Reap the paddy, mow the paddy,
Mow on, reap on!!

The teeth are fallen
Hair are dry and dull,
Yet in the wrinkles of the face
There dances a smile — easy and natural!
The fragrance embraces the whole universe
The sky drips with odour sweet
Wake up! the pride of my land!
Reap the paddy, mow the paddy
Mow on reap on!!

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