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

When you hold your lamp in the sky
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE
When you hold your lamp in the sky 
 it throws its light on my face 
 and its shadow falls over you.

When I hold the lamp of love in my heart 
 its light falls on you and I am left 
 standing behind in the shadow.

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Confirmed with Fruit-Gathering, by Rabindranath Tagore, translated from Bengali to English by the author, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.


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Word count: 45

Quand tu lèves ta lampe vers le ciel
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Quand tu lèves ta lampe vers le ciel
 elle jette sa lumière sur mon visage
 et son ombre tombe sur toi.

Quand je lève la lampe de l'amour dans mon cœur
 sa lumière tombe sur toi et je suis laissé
 me tenant dans l'ombre.

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This text was added to the website: 2017-04-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 44