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I know not from what distant time

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

I know not from what distant time 
thou art ever coming nearer to meet me. 
Thy sun and stars can never keep thee hidden 
from me for aye.

In many a morning and eve 
thy footsteps have been heard 
and thy messenger has come within my heart 
and called me in secret.

I know not only 
why today my life is all astir, 
and a feeling of tremulous joy 
is passing through my heart.

It is as if the time were come 
to wind up my work, 
and I feel in the air 
a faint smell of thy sweet presence.

Translation(s): DUT FRE GER ITA

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  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG ITA GER FRE by Daniel Ruyneman, Hans Schouwman.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG ITA GER DUT by Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG GER DUT FRE by Franco Alfano.

Other 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.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
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Word count: 100

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Ich weiß nicht aus welch ferner Zeit

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich weiß nicht aus welch ferner Zeit
du immer näher kommst, bei mir zu sein.
Nicht deine Sonn’ noch deine Sterne können dich
vor mir für alle Zeit verbergen.

An manchem Morgen, manchem Abend
hör ich deinen Schritt;
dein Bote trat ins Herz mir ein
und rief mich still und leis´.

Ich weiß nicht, warum heute wohl
so ruhelos ich bin,
und Freude schauernd mir
durchs Herze zieht.

Mir ist, als wär’ es Zeit,
mein Tagwerk zu beenden:
im zarten Dufte bist du
lieblich mir gewahr.

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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: 2014-06-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:35
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Word count: 86