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The rain has held back for days and days

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

The rain has held back for days and days, 
my God, in my arid heart. 
The horizon is fiercely naked - 
not the thinnest cover of a soft cloud, 
not the vaguest hint of a distant cool shower.

Send thy angry storm, dark with death, 
if it is thy wish, and with lashes of lightning 
startle the sky from end to end.

But call back, my lord, call back 
this pervading silent heat, 
still and keen and cruel, 
burning the heart with dire despair.

Let the cloud of grace bend low 
from above like the tearful look 
of the mother on the day of the father's wrath.

Translation(s): GER

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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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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03 00:00:00.

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Für lange Tage kam der Regen nicht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Für lange Tage kam der Regen nicht, 
mein Gott, in mein verdorrtes Herz.
Der Horizont ist unerbittlich blank - 
kein Dunst, kein Wölkchen ist zu sehn,
nicht mal die Ahnung eines fernen kühlen Nass’.

Schick, Herr, mir deines Sturmes Wut und Todesschwarz, 
so du dies willst, und schreck’ den Himmel auf 
mit deiner Blitze Peitsche von Horizont zu Horizont.

Doch nimm von uns, Herr, 
diese schwere heiße Last, ruf sie zurück,
die wortlos, stechend, grausam uns das Herz verbrennt
mit Schrecken und Verzagen.

Lass sie herab, die Wolke deiner Gnad'
gleich einer Mutter tränenvollem Blick 
am Tag des väterlichen Zorns.

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2014-05-18 00:00:00.

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