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The day is no more

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

The day is no more, 
the shadow is upon the earth. 
It is time that I go to the stream 
to fill my pitcher.

The evening air is eager 
with the sad music of the water. 
Ah, it calls me out into the dusk. 
In the lonely lane there is no passer-by, 
the wind is up, 
the ripples are rampant in the river.

I know not if I shall come back home. 
I know not whom I shall chance to meet. 
There at the fording in the little boat 
the unknown man plays upon his lute.


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

Text added to the website: 2005-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-07-02 13:37:52
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Word count: 96

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Gegangen ist der Tag

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Gegangen ist der Tag,
im Schattendunkel liegt die Erde.
Zeit, dass ich geh zum Fluss,
den Krug zu füllen.

Voller Erwartung ist die Abendluft 
nach wehmüt’ger Musik des Stroms.
Sie ruft ins Abenddunkel mich hinaus.
Verlassen liegt der Weg,
ein Wind kommt auf,
und auf dem Strome kräuselt Well’ auf Well’.

Soll ich nach Haus zurück, ich weiß es nicht.
Noch weiß ich, wem durch Zufall ich begegne.
Drunt’ an der Furt im kleinen Kahn
spielt irgendwer auf seiner Laute, unerkannt.

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  • a text in English by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), no title, appears in Gitanjali, no. 74, first published 1912 ENG ITA DUT FRE FRE SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walter Arlen, né Aptowitzer, John Alden Carpenter, Giannis Konstantinidis, David Leisner, Peter Pieters, Arthur Shepherd, Masters van Someren-Godfery, Frank Ticheli, Mark Wessel. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2014-07-02.
Last modified: 2014-07-02 13:37:31
Line count: 14
Word count: 81