We conclude our study of chanting Savitri with this passage: http://savitri.in/read/1/2/1#31.
The technique is to scan it metrically, discover its rhythm in terms of number of beats in a measure and measures in a line, add pauses and elongations naturally to map lines and their metrical feet to the rhythmic measures, find a suitable time duration for the measure (6s per line works well for the passages we have chanted), and then to go for it.
Near to earth’s wideness, intimate with heaven,
Exalted and swift her young large-visioned spirit
Voyaging through worlds of splendour and of calm
Overflew the ways of Thought to unborn things.
Ardent was her self-poised unstumbling will;
Her mind, a sea of white sincerity,
Passionate in flow, had not one turbid wave.
As in a mystic and dynamic dance
A priestess of immaculate ecstasies
Inspired and ruled from Truth’s revealing vault
Moves in some prophet cavern of the gods,
A heart of silence in the hands of joy
Inhabited with rich creative beats
A body like a parable of dawn
That seemed a niche for veiled divinity
Or golden temple door to things beyond.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Ne^ a_r ~ to_ ea^rth's wi^de ne_ss, ~ i^n ti_ ma_te ~ wi_th hea^ ve_n ~ E_x a^l te_d a_nd swi^ft ~ he_r you^ng ~ la^rge vi^ sio_ned ~ spi^ ri_t ~ Vo_ ya^ gi_ng ~ throu_gh wo^rlds ~ o_f sple^n dou_r ~ a_nd o_f ca^lm ~ ~ O^v e_r flew_ ~ the_ way^s o_f Thou^ght ~ to_ u^n bo_rn ~ thi^ngs. ~ ~ ... A_ hea^rt ~ ~ o_f si^ le_nce ~ ~ i_n the_ ha^nds ~ ~ o_f joy^ I_n ha^ bi_ te_d ~ wi_th ri^ch ~ cre_ a^ ti_ve bea^ts ~ ~ ~ ~ A_ bo^ dy_ ~ ~ li_ke a_ pa^ ra_ ble_ ~ ~ o_f daw^n ~ ~ ...
Chanted in 6s per line: