Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
       by narrow domestic walls;
Where the words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
       into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening
       thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
Let my country awake.

from the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Bengali poet and political activist, Nobel Prize winner 1913

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