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Light, my light, the world‑filling light

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Light, my light, the world-filling light,
the eye-kissing light, heart-sweetening light!

Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the centre of my life;
the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love;
the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.

The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light.
Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.

The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling,
and it scatters gems in profusion.

Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling,
and gladness without measure. 
The heaven's river has drowned its banks 
and the flood of joy is abroad.


Translation(s): FRE FRE GER GER ITA

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:51

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Word count: 111

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Lumière! ma lumière! Lumière emplissant...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Lumière!  ma lumière! Lumière emplissant le monde,
lumière baiser des yeux, douceur du coeur, lumière!

Ah! la lumière danse au centre de ma vie!
Bien-aimé, mon amour retentit sous la frappe de la lumière.
Les cieux s'ouvrent; le vent bondit; un rire a parcouru la terre.

Sur l'océan de la lumière, mon bien-aimé, le papillon ouvre son aile. 
La crête des vagues de lumière brille de lys et de jasmins.

La lumière, ô mon bien-aimé, brésille l'or sur les nuées;
elle éparpille à profusion les pierreries.

Une jubilation s'étend de feuille en feuille,
ô mon amour! une aise sans mesure.
Le fleuve du ciel a noyé ses rives;
tout le flot de joie est dehors.


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Based on
  • a text in English by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), no title, appears in Gitanjali, no. 57, first published 1913 ENG GER GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josef Alexander, Karl Boelter, John Alden Carpenter, Jonathan Harvey, Thomas Hastings, Wendy Hiscocks, David Leisner, John Fitz Rogers, Landon Ronald, Sir, Raymond Murray Schafer, Arthur Shepherd, Frank Ticheli, Gwyneth Walker, Thomas Wegren. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2003-12-22 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02

Line count: 13
Word count: 115