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I will deck thee with trophies, garlands...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

I will deck thee with trophies, garlands of my defeat. 
It is never in my power to escape unconquered.

I surely know my pride will go to the wall, 
my life will burst its bonds in exceeding pain, 
and my empty heart will sob out in music like a hollow reed, 
and the stone will melt in tears.

I surely know the hundred petals of a lotus 
will not remain closed for ever 
and the secret recess of its honey will be bared.

From the blue sky an eye shall gaze upon me 
and summon me in silence. 
Nothing will be left for me, nothing whatever, 
and utter death shall I receive at thy feet.

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: 2014-07-21 14:01:28
Line count: 13
Word count: 115

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