The Poems of Edwin Arnold (1890s)


The Poems of Edwin Arnold (1890s)


Title: The Poems of Edwin Arnold, containing The Light of Asia, Pearls of the Faith or Islam’s Rosary, and the Indian Song of Songs, to which is added Indian Poetry

Author: Edwin Arnold

Publisher: Hurst & Co, New York. No date, most probably 1890s.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. Near fine. Covers clean and bright. Pages tanned, but text clean and binding tight. A beautiful copy.

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Contains poems on the life of the Buddha, an English translation of the Gita Govinda of Jayadeva and poems on the Islamic names of God, The Mahabharata, and Saladin.

About Edwin Arnold (from Wikipedia):

Sir Edwin Arnold KCIE CSI (10 June 1832 – 24 March 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work The Light of Asia.

In it, in Arnold’s own words, he attempted ‘by the medium of an imaginary Buddhist votary to depict the life and character and indicate the philosophy of that noble hero and reformer, Prince Gautama of India, founder of Buddhism’. It appeared in 1879 and was an immediate success, going through numerous editions in England and America, though its permanent place in literature is quite uncertain. It is an Indian epic, dealing with the life and teaching of the Buddha.

Arnold’s other principal volumes of poetry were Indian Song of Songs (1875), Pearls of the Faith (1883), The Song Celestial (1885), With Sadi in the Garden (1888), Potiphar’s Wife (1892), Adzuma, or The Japanese Wife (1893), and “Indian Poetry” (1904).