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When you hold your lamp in the sky

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

When you hold your lamp in the sky 
 it throws its light on my face 
 and its shadow falls over you.

When I hold the lamp of love in my heart 
 its light falls on you and I am left 
 standing behind in the shadow.

Translation(s): FRE ITA

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Note: the original has two lines; line breaks have been added to let us see the translations in parallel.

Confirmed with Fruit-Gathering, by Rabindranath Tagore, translated from Bengali to English by the author, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-04-25.
Last modified: 2017-04-25 12:23:14
Line count: 6
Word count: 45

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