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My desires are many and my cry is...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

My desires are many and my cry is pitiful,
but ever didst thou save me by hard refusals;
and this strong mercy has been wrought into my life 
through and through.

Day by day thou art making me worthy of the simple,
great gifts that thou gavest to me unasked;
this sky and the light, this [body and the life and the mind]1
saving me from perils of overmuch desire.

There are times when I languidly linger
and times when I awaken and hurry [in]2 search of my goal;
but cruelly thou hidest thyself from before me.

Day by day thou art making me worthy of thy full acceptance
by refusing me ever and anon,
saving me from perils of weak, uncertain desire.

Translation(s): DUT FRE GER

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1 Sohal: "body, this life and this mind"
2 Sohal: "to"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Frederik van Eeden (1860 - 1932) , title unknown ENG FRE GER by Hendrik Andriessen.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Mes désirs sont nombreux et mon cri fait pitié", 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: 2010-01-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:32
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Word count: 123

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Mes désirs sont nombreux et mon cri fait pitié

Language: French (Français) after the English

Mes désirs sont nombreux et mon cri fait pitié,
mais tu me sauves  toujours par de difficiles refus ;
et cette grande clémence a été ciselée dans ma vie
encore et encore.

Jour après jour tu m'as rendu digne des simples,
généreux cadeaux que tu m'offrais sans être demandés ;
ce ciel et la lumière, ce corps et la vie et l'esprit,
me sauvant des périls d'un excès de désir.

Il y a des heures où je m'attarde langoureusement
et des heures où je m'éveille et me hâte à la recherche de mon but ;
mais tu te caches cruellement à ma vue.

Jour après jour tu me rends digne de ta pleine approbation
en m'opposant souvent un refus,
me sauvant des périls d'un désir faible et incertain.

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Text added to the website: 2013-12-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:24
Line count: 14
Word count: 128