by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls 
for thy neck with my tears of sorrow.

The stars have wrought their anklets of light 
to deck thy feet, 
but mine will hang upon thy breast.

Wealth and fame come from thee 
and it is for thee to give or to withhold them. 
But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own, 
and when I bring it to thee as my offering 
thou rewardest me with thy grace.

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Mutter, ich werde dir ein Perlenhalsband...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Mutter, ich werde dir ein Perlenhalsband knüpfen
aus meinen Kummertränen.

Die Sterne haben Lichtgeschmeide dir geschmiedet,
zu zieren deinen Fuß,
doch mein Geschmeide schmücket deine Brust.

Fülle und Glanz kommen von dir,
und du allein kannst sie verleihen, sie versagen.
Doch dieser Kummer ist mein Kummer ganz und gar,
und wenn ich ihn als Opfer bringe dar,
belohnst du mich mit deiner Gnade.

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Word count: 63