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The following verses where orated by an aristrocratic Indian princess who lived in the 16th century.  She left her privileged life for a spiritual one and sang about intense union, separation and longing for a love unrequited ~

O’ friend, I am driven mad with love,

No one understands my pain.

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I know not the restraints of love,

Nor the rituals of worship.

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It’s wayward and headstrong this crazy love of mine,

I’ve turned both my eyes into burning lamps for my love.

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O’ friend, I am driven mad in love,

No one understands my pain.

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I stand by the riverbank,

Watching the waters mix.

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I, so full of sin and my love so pure,

How can we ever meet ?

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I play a game of chance with my love,

If I win he’s mine, If I lose I’m his!

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I write to my beloved and call unto him,

The truth, since he went away, my eyes have become restless.

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If I put kohl in my eyes it now hurts,

In these eyes only my beloved dwells.

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My beloved came to me in my dream and embraced me passionately,

Fearful, I did not open my eyes in-case I lose him again!

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Only the broken hearted know the pain of the wounded,

No one else can realise my hurt.

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O’ friend, I am driven mad in love,

No one understands my pain.

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