1824–1873
Michael Madhusudan Dutta, মাইকেল মধুসূদন দত্ত

Introduction

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 25, 1824, Sa­gor­da­ri, Kesh­ab­pur Upa­zi­la, Jes­sore Dis­trict, Ben­gal Pre­si­den­cy, East Ben­gal (now Kesh­ab­pur (কেশবপুর), Khul­na, Ban­gla­desh).

Died: June 29, 1873, Cal­cu­tta (now Kol­kata), Ben­gal Pre­si­den­cy.

Buried: Low­er Cir­cu­lar Road Ceme­te­ry, Kol­ka­ta, In­dia.

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Dutt’s Grave

Biography

Michael was the son of Raj­nar­a­yan Dutt, a pro­mi­nent law­yer, and Jah­na­bi Devi.

He was a po­pu­lar Ben­ga­li po­et and dra­ma­tist. He came to Christ as a young man, and re­fused the mar­ri­age his fa­ther had ar­ranged for him. Lat­er, he mar­ried Re­bec­ca Mc­Tav­ish, of Eng­lish des­cent, with whom he had four child­ren.

Publications

Poem

The Hindoo Convert

His spirit was born blind,
Long sunk in superstition’s night,
Till, through the darkness of his mind,
God said, Let there be light.
Then, with the secrecy of thought
A silent miracle was wrought;
—Like hidden treasure, found unsought,
The blind received his sight.
Thus to the eye, in death-shade sealed,
Power from above was given to look
Upon the volume of that Book
Which hath the light of life revealed;
Then, from the eternal throne,
On every page such glory shone,
That line on line, as ray by ray,
Led upward into perfect day,
And his freed soul, from superstition’s night,
Rose like the morning-star in Gospel light.
Not from the lips of erring man
His knowledge of the truth began;
If, as the simple record saith,
He thus was saved by grace through faith.
By God himself God’s work was done,
To him the Father sent the Son.

James Montgomery (1771–1854)

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