by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation by André Gide (1869 - 1951)

O thou the last fulfilment of life
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
O thou the last fulfilment of life, 
Death, my death, come and whisper to me!
Day after day I have kept watch for thee; 
for thee have I borne the joys and pangs of life.
All that I am, that I have, that I hope 
and all my love have ever flowed towards thee 
in depth of secrecy. 
One final glance from thine eyes 
and my life will be ever thine own.
The flowers have been woven and the garland 
is ready for the bridegroom. 
After the wedding the bride shall leave her home
and meet her lord alone 
in the solitude of night.

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O toi, suprême accomplissement de la vie
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
O toi, suprême accomplissement de la vie,
Mort, o ma mort, accours et parle-moi tout bas
Jour après jour j'ai veillé pour t'attendre;
pour toi j'ai supporté  les joies et les angoisses del la vie.
Tout ce que je suis, tout ce que j'ai, et mon espoir
et mon amour, tout a toujours oulé vers toi
dans le mystére.
Un dernier éclair de tes yeaux et ma vie
sera tienne à jamais.
On a tressé des fleurs et la couronne
est prête pour l'époux.
Après les épusailles l'épouseée quittera sa demeure,
et seule ira dans la nuit solitaire
à la rencentre de son Seigneur.

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