If thou speakest not
Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)
If thou speakest not
I will fill my heart with thy silence
and endure it.
I will keep still
and wait like the night
with starry vigil
and its head bent low with patience.
The morning will surely come,
the darkness will vanish,
and thy voice pour down
in golden streams
breaking through the sky.
Then thy words will take wing
in songs from every one
of my birds' nests,
and thy melodies
will break forth
in flowers in all
my forest groves.
Translation(s): FRE GER ITA SPA 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 Margaret Carter Metcalf (d. 1957), "If thou speakest not", 1921 [high voice and piano], from Four Poems, no. 1. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Michael John Trotta (b. 1978), "I will keep still", published 2012 [satb chorus a cappella], Carl Fischer [ sung text not verified ]
- by Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947), "Beloved - If you speakest not", 1999 [SATB chorus and string quartet], from The Golden Harp, no. 2. [ sung text not verified ]
Settings in other languages or adaptations:
- Also set in French (Français), a translation by André Gide (1869 - 1951) , no title, from Gitanjali (L'Offrande lyrique), published 1914 ENG ITA GER SWE SPA by Jean-Émile-Paul Cras.
- Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ITA FRE GER SWE by Washington Castro.
- Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Andrea Butenschön (1866 - 1948) , published 1915 ENG ITA FRE GER SPA by Edvin Kallstenius.
- Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG FRE GER SWE SPA by Franco Alfano.
Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Andrea Butenschön) , published 1915
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website: 2004-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:03
Line count: 19
Word count: 83
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