Goddess? or peafowl rare? She whose ears rich jewels wear,
Is she a maid of human kind? All wildered is my mind
Is this jewelled female a celestial, a choice peahen, or a human being ? My mind is perplexed.
Anangukol Aaimayil Kollo Kananguzhai
Maadharkol Maalum En Nenju.
She of the beaming eyes, To my rash look her glance replies,
As if the matchless goddess' hand Led forth an armed band
This female beauty returning my looks is like a celestial maiden coming with an army to contend against me.
Nokkinaal Nokkedhir Nokkudhal Thaakkanangu
Thaanaikkon Tanna Thutaiththu.
Death's form I formerly Knew not; but now 'tis plain to me;
He comes in lovely maiden's guise, With soul-subduing eyes
I never knew before what is called Yama; I see it now; it is the eyes that carry on a great fight with (the help of) female qualities.
Pantariyen Kootren Padhanai Iniyarindhen
Pentakaiyaal Peramark Kattu.
In sweet simplicity, A woman's gracious form hath she;
But yet those eyes, that drink my life, Are with the form at strife
These eyes that seem to kill those who look at them are as it were in hostilities with this feminine simplicity.
Kantaar Uyirunnum Thotraththaal Pentakaip
Pedhaikku Amarththana Kan.
The light that on me gleams, Is it death's dart? or eye's bright beams?
Or fawn's shy glance? All three appear In form of maiden here
Is it Yama, (a pair of) eyes or a hind ?- Are not all these three in the looks of this maid ?.
Kootramo Kanno Pinaiyo Matavaral
Nokkamim Moondrum Utaiththu.
If cruel eye-brow's bow, Unbent, would veil those glances now;
The shafts that wound this trembling heart Her eyes no more would dart
Her eyes will cause (me) no trembling sorrow, if they are properly hidden by her cruel arched eyebrows.
Kotumpuruvam Kotaa Maraippin Natungagnar
Seyyala Manival Kan.
As veil o'er angry eyes Of raging elephant that lies,
The silken cincture's folds invest This maiden's panting breast
The cloth that covers the firm bosom of this maiden is (like) that which covers the eyes of a rutting elephant.
Kataaak Kalitrinmer Katpataam Maadhar
Pataaa Mulaimel Thukil.
Ah woe is me my might, That awed my foemen in the fight,
By lustre of that beaming brow Borne down, lies broken now
On her bright brow alone is destroyed even that power of mine that used to terrify the most fearless.
Onnudhar Koo Utaindhadhe Gnaatpinul
Nannaarum Utkumen Peetu.
Like tender fawn's her eye; Clothed on is she with modesty;
What added beauty can be lent; By alien ornament
Of what use are other jewels to her who is adorned with modesty, and the meek looks of a hind ?.
Pinaiyer Matanokkum Naanum Utaiyaatku
Aniyevano Edhila Thandhu.
The palm-tree's fragrant wine, To those who taste yields joys divine;
But love hath rare felicity For those that only see
Unlike boiled honey which yields delight only when it is drunk, love gives pleasure even when looked at.
Untaarkan Alladhu Atunaraak Kaamampol
Kantaar Makizhseydhal Indru.