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Text 21

priyeṇa saṅgrathya vipakṣa-sannidhāv
upāhitāṁ vakṣasi pīvara-stanī
srajaṁ na kācid vijahau jalāvilāṁ
vasanti hi premṇi guṇā na vastuni

priyeṇa — by the lover; saṅgrathya — after stringing; vipakṣa-sannidhau — in the presence of an opposite party; upāhitām — placed; vakṣasi — on the chest; pīvara-stanī — having raised breasts; srajam — a garland; na — not; kācit — some beloved; vijahau — rejected; jala-āvilām — muddy; vasanti — reside; hi — because; premṇi — in love; guṇāḥ — attributes; na — not; vastuni — in the material things.

“A dear lover strung a garland and placed it on the shoulder of his beloved in the presence of her co-wives. She had raised breasts and was very beautiful, yet although the garland was tainted with mud, she did not reject it, for its value lay not in material things but in love.”

This is a verse from the Kirātārjunīya, by Bhāravī.

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