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I know that the day will come

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

I know that the day will come 
when my sight of this earth shall be lost, 
and life will take its leave in silence, 
drawing the last curtain over my eyes. 

Yet stars will watch at night, 
and morning rise as before, 
and hours heave like sea waves 
casting up pleasures and pains.

When I think of this end of my moments,
the barrier of the moments breaks
and I see by the light of death
thy world with its careless treasures.
Rare is its lowliest seat,
rare is its meanest of lives.

Things that I longed for in vain
and things that I got -- let them pass.
Let me but truly possess the things 
that I ever spurned and overlooked.


Translation(s): GER GER 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:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Marie Luise Gothein (1863 - 1931) , title unknown, published 1914 ENG SWE by Stefan Wolpe.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Andrea Butenschön (1866 - 1948) , title unknown, published 1915 ENG GER by Edvin Kallstenius.

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

  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Andrea Butenschön) , title unknown, published 1915
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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