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1. When in youth for earning money

I felt a bound-less ambition,

By rites of religion my help-mate's hand

I did espouse;

2. Setting up a home in her company

My time long I spent,

Many a son and daughter were born,

My spirit was broken utterly.

3. The burden of family increased day by day;

Under its weight I was forced to halt.

Old age arriving beleagured me,

My mind was always disturbed;

4. Worried by disease, racked by cares,

My heart scared by every want,

Seeing no way in utter darkness

I am now oppressed with fear.

5. The world's strong current does not abate,

The terror of death is nigh:

After finishing worldly duties I shall worship Thee.

That hope is in vain.

6. "Now herken, Oh Lord, I am utterly helpless",

Bhaktivinode says,

"Without Thy mercy all is despair,

I now crave the shelter of Thy feet".