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The day was when I did not keep myself

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

The day was when I did not keep myself 
in readiness for thee; 
and entering my heart unbidden 
even as one of the common crowd, 
unknown to me, my king, 
thou didst press the signet of eternity 
upon many a fleeting moment of my life.

And today when by chance 
I light upon them and see thy signature, 
I find they have lain scattered 
in the dust mixed with the memory 
of joys and sorrows of my trivial days forgotten.

Thou didst not turn in contempt 
from my childish play among dust, 
and the steps that I heard 
in my playroom are the same 
that are echoing from star to star.

Translation(s): DUT GER GER

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Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG DUT by Claus Ogermann.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG GER by Aleidus Coenen.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

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

Text added to the website: 2005-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
Line count: 17
Word count: 111

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