Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 65

To caress one’s child is a parent’s physical pleasure;
hearing their words is a pleasure, to ears.

மக்கள் மெய் தீண்டல் உடற்கு இன்பம்; மற்று அவர்
சொல் கேட்டல் இன்பம், செவிக்கு.

This couplet is in the chapter Begetting children (புதல்வரைப் பெறுதல்). To touch a child gives pleasure to a parent’s body. To hear their child speak gives pleasure to their ears. Parent is not mentioned explicitly in the original. I added it for clarity.

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