[ R. Jayaraja Row. ] Printed poem titled 'Govinda and Padma. A Ballad. (In Imitation of Sanskrit Poetry.)'

'R. Jayaraja Row, B.A., Huzur Sheristadar, Collector's Office, Ootacamund' [ Lawrence Asylum Press, Ooty Branch; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Lawrence Asylum Press - Ooty Branch - 1895.' [ Ootacamund, India. ]
SKU: 20113

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Excessively scarce: no copy of this item (nor of anything else by Row) on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The poem is a capable effort, two hundred numbered lines long, arranged in fifty quatrains. The first reads: '"Turn here, my ydear," a sweet voice says, | Amidst the tangled boughs, | A voice of melody and grace, | A blithesome spirit shows.' The final stanza reads: 'So Padma's fate with Govinda's | In closest union knit | The world still celebrated has | With joy and mirth, on dit.' The phrase 'Thy tinkling anklet', at line 29, is glossed: 'In allusion to a belief among the Hindus that the Asoka when bare of flowers becomes loaded with them when a fair damsel kicks it with her jewelled feet.' From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees.