by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

I plucked your flower, O world!
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
I plucked your flower, O world!
I pressed it to my heart and the thorn pricked.
When the day waned and it darkened, 
I found that the flower had faded, 
but the pain remained.

More flowers will come to you 
with perfume and pride, O world!
But my time for flower-gathering is over, 
and through the dark night I have not my rose, 
only the pain remains.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "J'ai cueilli ta fleur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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J'ai cueilli ta fleur
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
J'ai cueilli ta fleur, ô monde !
Je l'ai pressée sur mon cœur et l'épine m'a piqué.
Quand le jour a décliné et qu'il a fait sombre,
J'ai trouvé que la fleur avait fané,
Mais la douleur est restée.

Plus de fleurs viendront à toi
avec parfum et fierté, ô monde !
Mais mon temps pour cueillir des fleurs est fini,
et à travers la nuit sombre je n'ai pas ma rose,
seule la douleur reste.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-07-27
Line count: 10
Word count: 76