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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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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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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)

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):

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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