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Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with stars 
and cunningly wrought in myriad-coloured jewels. 
But more beautiful to me thy sword with its curve of lightning 
like the outspread wings of the divine bird of Vishnu, 
perfectly poised in the angry red light of the sunset.

It quivers like the one last response of life 
in ecstasy of pain at the final stroke of death; 
it shines like the pure flame of being 
burning up earthly sense with one fierce flash.

Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with starry gems; 
but thy sword, O lord of thunder, 
is wrought with uttermost beauty, 
terrible to behold or think of.

Translation(s): 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

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
Line count: 13
Word count: 106

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