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Light, oh where is the light?

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Light, oh where is the light? 
Kindle it with the burning fire of desire!
There is the lamp but never a flicker of a flame - 
is such thy fate, my heart? 
Ah, death were better by far for thee!

Misery knocks at thy door, and her message is 
that thy lord is wakeful, 
and he calls thee to the love-tryst 
through the darkness of night.

The sky is overcast with clouds 
and the rain is ceaseless. 
I know not what this is that stirs in me - 
I know not its meaning.

A moment's flash of lightning drags down 
a deeper gloom on my sight, 
and my heart gropes for the path 
to where the music of the night calls me.

Light, oh where is the light! 
Kindle it with the burning fire of desire! 
It thunders and the wind rushes screaming through the void. 
The night is black as a black stone. 
Let not the hours pass by in the dark. 
Kindle the lamp of love with thy life.

Translation(s): DUT FRE 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)

Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG GER FRE by Jan Pouwels.

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
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , 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: 171

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Lumière, ô, où est la lumière ?

Language: French (Français) after the English

Lumière, ô, où est la lumière ?
Allume-la avec le feu brûlant du désir !
La lampe est là, mais jamais le tremblement d'une flamme,
est-ce là ton destin, mon cœur ?
Ah, la mort serait bien meilleure pour toi !

La misère frappe à ta porte, et son message est
que ton seigneur ne dort pas,
et qu'il t'appelle au rendez-vous d'amour 
dans l'obscurité de la nuit.

Le ciel est couvert de nuages
et la pluie est continuelle.
Je ne sais pas ce qui s'agite en moi,
Je ne sais pas ce que cela signifie.

Un éclair soudain couvre
ma vue d'une obscurité plus profonde 
et mon cœur tâtonne sur le chemin
où la musique de la nuit m'appelle.

Lumière, ô, où est la lumière !
Allume-la avec le feu brûlant du désir !
Il tonne, et le vent s'engouffre en hurlant dans le vide.
La nuit est noire comme une pierre noire.
Ne laisse pas les heures passer dans le noir.
Allume la lampe de l'amour avec ta vie.

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Text added to the website: 2014-06-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-29 16:57:51
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Word count: 171