'Prisoner, tell me, who was it that...
Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)
'Prisoner, tell me, who was it that bound you?'
'It was my master,' said the prisoner. 'I thought I could outdo
everybody in the world in wealth and power, and I amassed
in my own treasure-house the money due to my king.
When sleep overcame me I lay upon the bad that was for my lord,
and on waking up I found I was a prisoner in my own treasure-house.'
'Prisoner, tell me, who was it that wrought this unbreakable chain?'
'It was I,' said the prisoner, 'who forged this chain very carefully.
I thought my invincible power would hold the world captive
leaving me in a freedom undisturbed. Thus night and day
I worked at the chain with huge fires and cruel hard strokes.
When at last the work was done and the links
were complete and unbreakable, I found that it held me in its grip.'
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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: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
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Word count: 148
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