I had gone a‑begging from door to door...
Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)
I had gone a-begging from door to door in the village path,
when thy golden chariot appeared in the distance
like a gorgeous dream and I wondered
who was this King of all kings!
My hopes rose high and methought
my evil days were at an end,
and I stood waiting for alms to be given unasked
and for wealth scattered on all sides in the dust.
The chariot stopped where I stood.
Thy glance fell on me
and thou camest down with a smile.
I felt that the luck of my life had come at last.
Then of a sudden thou didst hold out thy right hand
and say `What hast thou to give to me?'
Ah, what a kingly jest was it
to open thy palm to a beggar to beg!
I was confused and stood undecided,
and then from my wallet I slowly took out
the least little grain of corn
and gave it to thee.
But how great my surprise when at the day's end
I emptied my bag on the floor to find
a least little gram of gold among the poor heap.
I bitterly wept and wished
that I had had the heart to give thee my all.
Translation(s): DUT GER GER
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Marie Luise Gothein (1863 - 1931) , title unknown, published 1914 ENG DUT by Stefan Wolpe.
- Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG GER by Jan Pouwels.
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: 2009-11-13T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:02:45
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