by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation by Jan Śliwiński (1884 - 1950), as Hans Effenberger

Peace, my heart
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Peace, my heart, 
let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death 
but completeness.
Let love melt into memory 
and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end 
in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle 
like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, 
for a moment, 
and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you 
and hold up my lamp 
to light you on your way.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Friede, mein Herz
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Friede, mein Herz,
Laß die Zeit für das Scheiden süß sein,
Laß es nicht einen Tod sein,
Sondern Vollendung.
Laß Liebe in Erinn'rung schmelzen
Und Schmerz in Lieder.
...

Laß die letzte Berührung deiner Hände sanft sein,
Wie die Blume der Nacht.
Steh still, steh still, o wundervolles Ende,
Für einen Augenblick
Und sage deine letzten Worte in Schweigen.
Ich neige mich vor dir
Ich halte meine Lampe in die Höhe,
Um dir auf deinen Weg zu leuchten.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2004
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Pace, mio cuore", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-10-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57
Line count: 16
Word count: 79