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That I should make much of myself and...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

That I should make much of myself and turn it on all sides,
thus casting coloured shadows on thy radiance - 
such is thy maya.

Thou settest a barrier in thine own being 
and then callest thy severed self in myriad notes. 
This thy self-separation has taken body in me.

The poignant song is echoed through all the sky 
in many-coloured tears and smiles, alarms and hopes; 
waves rise up and sink again, 
dreams break and form. 
In me is thy own defeat of self.

This screen that thou hast raised is painted 
with innumerable figures with the brush of the night and the day. 
Behind it thy seat is woven in wondrous mysteries of curves, 
casting away all barren lines of straightness.

The great pageant of thee and me has overspread the sky. 
With the tune of thee and me all the air is vibrant, 
and all ages pass with the hiding and seeking of thee and me.

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: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-07-02 13:33:55
Line count: 18
Word count: 159

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