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Obstinate are the trammels

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Obstinate are the trammels, 
but my heart aches when I try to break them.

Freedom is all I want, 
but to hope for it I feel ashamed.

I am certain that priceless wealth is in thee, 
and that thou art my best friend, 
but I have not the heart to sweep away 
the tinsel that fills my room.

The shroud that covers me is a shroud of dust and death; 
I hate it, yet hug it in love.

My debts are large, my failures great, 
my shame secret and heavy; 
yet when I come to ask for my good, 
I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted.

Translation(s): GER

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

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:06
Line count: 14
Word count: 108

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