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I ask for a moment's indulgence

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

I ask for a moment's indulgence 
to sit by thy side. 
The works that I have in hand 
I will finish afterwards.

Away from the sight of thy face 
my heart knows no rest nor respite, 
and my work becomes an endless toil 
in a shoreless sea of toil.

Today the summer has come at my window 
with its sighs and murmurs; 
and the bees are plying their minstrelsy 
at the court of the flowering grove.

Now it is time to sit quiet,
face to face with thee, 
and to sing dedication of life 
in this silent and overflowing leisure.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Je demande l'indulgence d'un moment pour m'asseoir à ton côté.", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:05
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Word count: 100

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Je demande l'indulgence d'un moment pour m'asseoir à ton côté.

Language: French (Français) after the English

Je demande l'indulgence d'un moment 
pour m'asseoir à ton côté.
Le travail que j'ai en mains, 
je le terminerai plus tard.

Loin de la vue de ton visage, 
mon cœur ne connaît ni repos ni répit,
et mon travail devient un labeur sans fin 
sur une mer de travaux sans rivage.

Aujourd'hui le printemps a abordé ma fenêtre 
avec ses soupirs et ses murmures ;
et les abeilles exercent leur ministère 
à la cour du bosquet fleuri.

C'est maintenant le moment de s'asseoir dans le calme, 
face à face avec toi,
et de chanter le dévouement de la vie 
dans ce silence et cette oisiveté débordante.

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Text added to the website: 2013-12-01T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:05:24
Line count: 16
Word count: 106