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Gītāgovinda (Song of the Cowherd). A court poem by Jayadeva (12th cent. CE). Erotic in nature, it appears on the surface to be a straightforward account of the loves of Kṛṣṇa for the gopīs. But the poem is also read (and dramatically acted), especially by Vaiṣṇavas, as a poem on the longing of the human for the divine.