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

Then finish the last song
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Then finish the last song 
and let us leave.
Forget this night when the night is no more.
Whom do I try to clasp in my arms?  
Dreams can never be made captive.
My eager hands press emptiness 
to my heart and it bruises my breast.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-04
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Sing denn das letzte Lied zu Ende
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Sing denn das letzte Lied zu Ende
und lasst uns gehen.
Vergiss die Nacht, wenn keine Nacht mehr ist.
Wen suche ich mit meinen Armen zu umfangen?
Nie lassen Träume sich festhalten.
Meine Hände drücken sehnlich Leere mir ans Herz,
und es zersprengt mir fast die Brust.

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Word count: 47