On the day when death will knock at thy...
Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)
On the day when death will knock at thy door,
what wilt thou offer to him?
Oh, I will set before my guest the full vessel of my life;
I will never let him go with empty hands.
All the sweet vintage of all my autumn days and summer nights,
all the earnings and gleanings of my busy life,
will I place before him at the close of my days
when death will knock at my door.
Translation(s): FIN FRE GER GER GER SWE
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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)
- by Josef Alexander (1907 - 1992), "On the day", 1973 [soprano, harpsichord, and percussion], from Gitanjali, no. 9. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Alden Carpenter (1876 - 1951), "On the day when death will knock at thy door", published 1914 [voice and piano], from Gitanjali (Song Offerings), no. 2, New York, G. Schirmer [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Thomas Schubert) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation]
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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