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Death, thy servant, is at my door

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Death, thy servant, is at my door. 
He has crossed the unknown sea 
and brought thy call to my home.
The night is dark and my heart is fearful -- 
yet I will take up the lamp, 
open my gates and bow to him my welcome. 
It is thy messenger who stands at my door.
I will worship him with folded hands, and with tears.
I worship him placing at his feet the treasure of my heart.
He will go back with his errand done, 
leaving a dark shadow on my morning; 
and in my desolate home only my forlorn self 
will remain as my last offering to thee.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER SPA

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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 French (Français), a translation by André Gide (1869 - 1951) , title unknown ENG GER SPA by Alfredo Casella.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG FRE GER by Manuel M. Ponce.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Thomas Schubert (b. 1961) , title unknown, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation] ENG FRE SPA by Thomas Schubert.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Thomas Schubert) , title unknown, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation]
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-07-04.
Last modified: 2014-07-12 00:00:48
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Word count: 108

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Der Tod, dein Diener ist’s, der steht an...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Der Tod, dein Diener ist’s, der steht an meiner Tür.
Er hat das unbekannte Meer gequert
und mir gesagt, dass du mich rufst.
Die Nacht ist finster, voller Furcht mein Herz,
doch werde ich die Lampe nehmen,
das Tor ihm öffnen und mich verbeugend ihn empfangen.
Dein Bote ist’s, der steht an meinem Tor.
Die Hände faltend und mit Tränen werde ich ihn ehren 
und ihm mein kostbar’ Herz zu Füßen legen.
Und hat er seinen Botendienst getan, dann wird er gehn.
Er wird auf meinem Morgen dunklen Schatten lassen.
Verlassen, traurig wird mein Haus dann sein,
in dem nur mein verlornes Ich als letzte Gabe an dich bleibt.

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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: 2014-07-11.
Last modified: 2014-07-12 00:00:20
Line count: 13
Word count: 109