by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

Do not keep to yourself the secret of...
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
Do not keep to yourself the [secret]1 of your heart, 
my friend!
Say it to me, only to me, in secret.
You who smile so gently, 
softly whisper, 
my heart will hear it,
not my ears.

The night is deep, 
the house is silent, 
the birds' nests are shrouded with sleep.
Speak to me 
through hesitating tears, 
through faltering smiles,
through sweet shame and pain, 
the secret of your heart!

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1 Gompel: "secrets"


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Behalte dein Geheimnis nicht", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-17
Line count: 15
Word count: 70