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Pluck this little flower and take it,...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! 
I fear lest it droop
and drop into the dust.
[I may not find]1 a place in thy garland,
but honour it 
with a touch of pain  from thy hand and pluck it. 
I fear lest the day end 
before I am [aware]2,
and the time of offering go by.
Though its colour be not deep 
and its smell be faint, 
use this flower in thy service 
and pluck it while there is time.

Translation(s): FRE GER ITA

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1 Hinton and some editions of Tagore: "It may not have"
2 Hinton (in early performances of the work): "awake"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Poom Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2004-01-17 00:00:00.
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Pflück dieses Blümlein

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Pflück dieses Blümlein, nimm es, zögre nicht!
Sonst lässt den Kopf es hängen, fürchte ich,
wird auf die Erde sinken.
Wohl werd ich mich in deinem Kranz nicht finden,
doch ehre es,
drück es, dass Schmerz es spürt aus deiner Hand und breche es.
Der Tag könnt’ enden, fürchte ich, 
eh’s mir gewahr,
die Zeit zu opfern, könnt’ vergehn.
Ist auch des Blümleins Farbe blass
und schwach sein Duft,
so sei es trotzdem dir zu Diensten.
Pflück es zur Zeit.

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Submitted by Bertram Kottmann


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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)

Text added to the website: 2014-04-03 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2016-12-27 10:19:21
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Word count: 80