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1. In pleasures of learning I spent the time

in highest confidence;

I never served Thy Feet;

Thou art the Refuge now.

2. As intently my studies I pursued Hope increased;

Knowledge was the path, I thought.

The hope was unfulfilled The Knowledge proved weak

That knowledge was ignorance, I now know.

3. All worldly knowledge Is treasure of Maya.

Thy service it obstructs;

Breeding attachment for this transitory world

It makes an ass of jiva.

4. Turned such an ass, The load of the world

On my back I carried long;

In old age, For want of power to enjoy;

Nothing now pleases me.

5. Life is become Misery now;

The knowledge has proved untrue;

The torment of untruth Has grown intolerable;

The learning is now the pointed shaft.

6. Except Thy Feet there is no other treasure

in the world;

Bhaktivinode, Quitting his hold of worldly knowledge

Now only values Thy Feet.