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On the day when the lotus bloomed

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

On the day when the lotus bloomed, 
alas, my mind was straying, and I knew it not. 
My basket was empty 
and the flower remained unheeded.

Only now and again a sadness fell upon me, 
and I started up from my dream 
and felt a sweet trace of a strange fragrance 
in the south wind.

That vague sweetness 
made my heart ache with longing 
and it seemed to me 
that is was the eager breath of the summer 
seeking for its completion.

I knew not then that it was so near, 
that it was mine, 
and that this perfect sweetness had blossomed 
in the depth of my own heart.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

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

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
Line count: 17
Word count: 109

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