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

My heart, the bird of the wilderness
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
My heart, the bird of the wilderness,
has found its sky in your eyes:
They are the cradle of the morning,
they are the kingdom of the stars;
My songs are lost in their depths.
Let me but soar in that sky,
in its lonely immensity!
Let me but cleave its clouds
and spread wings in its sunshine.

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Mon cœur, l'oiseau du désert
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Mon cœur, l'oiseau du désert,
a trouvé son ciel dans tes yeux :
Il sont le berceau du matin,
ils sont le royaume des étoiles ;
Mes chants sont perdus dans leurs profondeurs.
Laisse-moi seulement monter dans ce ciel,
dans son immensité solitaire !
Laisse-moi seulement me coller à ses nuages
Et étendre les ailes dans l'éclat du soleil.

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