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The end

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

It is time for me to go, mother; I am going.

When in the paling darkness of the lonely dawn 
you stretch out your arms for your baby in the bed, 
I shall say, "Baby is not there!"--mother, I am going.

I shall become a delicate draught of air and caress you; 
and I shall be ripples in the water when you bathe, 
and kiss you and kiss you again.

In the gusty night when the rain patters on the leaves 
you will hear my whisper in your bed, 
and my laughter will flash 
with the lightning through the open window 
into your room.

If you lie awake, thinking of your baby 
till late into the night,
I shall sing to you from the stars, 
"Sleep mother, sleep."

On the straying moonbeams I shall steal over your bed, 
and lie upon your bosom while you sleep.

I shall become a dream, and through the little opening of your eyelids
I shall slip into the depths of your sleep; 
and when you wake up and look round startled, 
like a twinkling firefly I shall flit out into the darkness.

When, on the great festival of puja, 
the neighbours' children come 
and play about the house, 
I shall melt into the music of the flute 
and throb in your heart all day.

Dear auntie will come with puja-presents 
and will ask,
"Where is our baby, sister?"
Mother, you will tell her softly,
"He is in the pupils of my eyes, 
he is in my body and in my soul."

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  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La fin", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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La fine

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

 È tempo per me d'andare, mamma, me ne vado.

 Quando nell'oscurità pallente dell'alba solitaria
 Tu stenderai le braccia al tuo piccino che è nel letto,
 Io ti dirò: "Il bimbo non c'è! Mamma, me ne vado."

 Diventerò un delicato soffio d'aria e ti carezzerò
 E incresperò l'acqua mentre ti bagni e ti bacerò,
 Ti bacerò ancora.

 Nella notte tempestosa mentre la pioggia batte sulle foglie
 Tu m'udrai bisbigliare nel tuo letto,
 E il mio riso splenderà
 Con il lampo attraverso la finestra aperta
 Nella tua stanza.

 Se tu veglierai fin tardi nella notte
 Pensando al tuo piccino
 Io ti canterò dalle stelle:
 "Dormi, mamma, dormi."

 Sugli erranti raggi lunari io verrò pian piano
 Sul tuo letto e giacerò sul tuo cuore mentre tu dormi.

 Diverrò un sogno e attraverso le tue palpebre socchiuse
 Scenderò nel profondo del tuo sonno
 E quando ti sveglierai e guarderai intorno angosciata,
 Come una lucciola scintillante m'involerò nell'oscurità.

 Quando nel giorno della gran festa
 I bimbi del villaggio verranno
 E giocheranno intorno alla casa,
 Mi fonderò nella musica del flauto
 E palpiterò nel tuo cuore tutto il giorno.

 La cara zi verrà coi doni della festa
 E domanderà:
 "Dov'è il nostro piccino, sorella?"
 Mamma, tu le dirai dolcemente:
 "È nelle pupille dei miei occhi,
 In me stessa e nell'anima mia!"

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Word count: 216