TEXTS 17–18
mitrā-varuṇayoḥ śāpād
āpannā nara-lokatām
niśamya puruṣa-śreṣṭhaṁ
kandarpam iva rūpiṇam
dhṛtiṁ viṣṭabhya lalanā
upatasthe tad-antike
sa tāṁ vilokya nṛpatir
harṣeṇotphulla-locanaḥ
uvāca ślakṣṇayā vācā
devīṁ hṛṣṭa-tanūruhaḥ
SYNONYMS
mitrā-varuṇayoḥ—of Mitra and Varuṇa; śāpāt—by the curse; āpannā—having obtained; nara-lokatām—the habits of a human being; niśamya—thus seeing; puruṣa-śreṣṭham—the best of males; kandarpam iva—like Cupid; rūpiṇam—having beauty; dhṛtim—patience, forbearance; viṣṭabhya—accepting; lalanā—that woman; upatasthe—approached; tat-antike—near to him; saḥ—he, Purūravā; tām—her; vilokya—by seeing; nṛpatiḥ—the King; harṣeṇa—with great jubilation; utphulla-locanaḥ—whose eyes became very bright; uvāca—said; ślakṣṇayā—very mild; vācā—by words; devīm—unto the demigoddess; hṛṣṭa-tanūruhaḥ—the hairs on whose body were standing in jubilation.
TRANSLATION
Having been cursed by Mitra and Varuṇa, the celestial woman Urvaśī had acquired the habits of a human being. Therefore, upon seeing Purūravā, the best of males, whose beauty resembled that of Cupid, she controlled herself and then approached him. When King Purūravā saw Urvaśī, his eyes became jubilant in the ecstasy of joy, and the hairs on his body stood on end. With mild, pleasing words, he spoke to her as follows.

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