depressed : in great pain or sadness – ಖಿನ್ನತೆ, ಮಾನಸಿಕ grief : deep sorrow – ದುಃಖ, ಕೊರಗು, ಅಳಲು cold : unfriendly – ಕರುಣೆಯಿಲ್ಲದ kindly : kind and caring – ದಯೆಯಿಂದ erect : straight – ನೇರ, ನೆಟ್ಟಗೆ charity : kindness or sympathy – ದಯೆ, ಕರುಣೆ, ವಾತ್ಸಲ್ಯ want : poverty – ಬಡತನ bind : tie a long thin piece of fabric around something – ಕಟ್ಟು, ಬಂಧಿಸು far : very much – ಬಹಳವಾಗಿ
Let us read the poem ‘Sympathy’
I lay in sorrow, deep depressed… My grief a proud man heard… His looks were cold. He gave me gold. But not a kindly word. My sorrow passed – I paid him back The gold he gave to me. Then stood erect and spoke my thanks And blessed his charity… I lay in want, and grief and pain. A poor man passed my way. He bound my head. He gave me bread. He watched me night and day. How shall I pay him back again For all he did to me? Oh! Gold is great. But greater far Is heavenly sympathy!