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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]


Based on

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

Text added to the website: 2009-11-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
Line count: 18
Word count: 121

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Ich weiss es wird kommen der Tag

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich weiss, es wird kommen der Tag,
wenn mein Blick diese Welt verliert,
das Leben Abschied nimmt in Schweigen,
der letzte Vorhang mir über die Augen fällt.

Die Sterne werden wachen zur Nacht,
der Morgen aufsteigen wie einst,
die Stunden sich heben wie Wogen,
die Freuden und Schmerzen aufwerfen. 

Denk ich des Ziels meiner Stunden,
dann bricht die Schranke der Stunden,
ich sehe beim Lichte des Todes
die Welt mit ihren gleichgültigen Schätzen.
Leicht wiegt ihr niederster Sitz
und leicht das geringste Leben.

Dinge, die ich umsonst ersehnt und Dinge,
die ich erlangt hab - mögen sie ziehn.
Laß mich nur wahrhaft besitzen die Dinge,
die stets ich verspottet und übersehn.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


Based on
Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-11-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:27
Line count: 18
Word count: 111