ami vrddha jaratura, likhite kanpaye kara,
mane kichu smarana na haya
na dekhiye nayane, na suniye sravane,
tabu likhi'--e bada vismaya
ami—I; vrddha—old man; jara-atura—disturbed by invalidity; likhite—to write; kanpaye—trembles; kara—the hand; mane—in the mind; kichu—any; smarana—remembrance; na haya—there is not; na dekhiye—I cannot see; nayane—by the eyes; na suniye—I cannot hear; sravane—with the ears; tabu—still; likhi'-writing; e—this; bada vismaya—a great wonder.
I have now become too old and disturbed by invalidity. While I write, my hands tremble. I cannot remember anything, nor can I see or hear properly. Still I write, and this is a great wonder.
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