by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation © by Gabriel Rosenstock

Early in the day it was whispered
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER IRI
Early in the day it was whispered 
that we should sail in a boat, only thou and I, 
and never a soul in the world 
would know of this our pilgrimage 
to no country and to no end.

In that shoreless ocean, 
at thy silently listening smile 
my songs would swell in melodies, 
free as waves, free from all bondage of words.

Is the time not come yet? 
Are there works still to do? 
Lo, the evening has come down upon the shore 
and in the fading light 
the seabirds come flying to their nests.

Who knows when the chains will be off, 
and the boat, like the last glimmer of sunset, 
vanish into the night?

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-03
Line count: 17
Word count: 116

Chuala go luath sa lá faoi rún
Language: Irish (Gaelic)  after the English 
Chuala go luath sa lá faoi rún
Go mbeimisne beirt i mbád, ár ndís amháin,
Is gan fhios ag éinne ar domhan
Go rabhamar ar oilithreacht
Gan tír ar bith againn mar chríoch
Ar aigéan sin gan bhruach
Tú ag éisteacht led’ mheangadh ciúin
D’imeodh mo chuid laoithe ina srúill
Saor mar thonn, gan briathra á gcur in iúl
Nár tháinig fós an t-am?
Bhfuil dán nó dhó le scríobh?
Féach, an iarnóin tagtha síos go dtí an trá,
An solas lag ag éag
Éin ag filleadh abhaile ar a nead
Cathain a bheidh na slabhraí di
Is an bád ar nós lasairín na gréine
Slogtha ag an oích’?

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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-16
Line count: 17
Word count: 109