Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it droop and drop into the dust. [I may not find]1 a place in thy garland, but honour it with a touch of pain from thy hand and pluck it. I fear lest the day end before I am [aware]2, and the time of offering go by. Though its colour be not deep and its smell be faint, use this flower in thy service and pluck it while there is time.
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1 Hinton and some editions of Tagore: "It may not have"
2 Hinton (in early performances of the work): "awake"
- by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), no title, appears in Gitanjali, no. 6, first published 1912 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Bangla (Bengali) by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), no title, appears in গীতাঞ্জলি (Gitanjali), no. 6 [text unavailable]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Alistair Hinton (b. 1950), "Pluck this little flower", op. 7 no. 1 (1970) [ high soprano and piano ], from Five Songs of Tagore, no. 1 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Landon Ronald, Sir (1873 - 1938), "Pluck this little flower", 1913 [ voice and piano ], from Four Song Offerings - 1st series, no. 1 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in French (Français), a translation by André Gide (1869 - 1951) , no title, appears in Gitanjali (L'Offrande lyrique), first published 1914 ENG GER ITA ; composed by Jean-Émile-Paul Cras, Louis Durey.
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ENG FRE ITA ; composed by Gary Bachlund.
- Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , first published 1936 ENG FRE GER ; composed by Franco Alfano.
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2004-01-17
Line count: 13
Word count: 83