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

May night
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
I run as a musk-deer runs
in the shadow of the forest
mad with his own perfume.
The night is the night of mid-May,
the breeze is the breeze of the south.
I lose my way and I wander, 
I seek what I cannot get, 
I get what I do not seek.

From my heart comes out and dances 
the image of my own desire.
The gleaming vision flits on.
I try to clasp it firmly, 
it eludes me and leads me astray.
I seek what I cannot get, 
I get what I do not seek.

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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-19
Line count: 15
Word count: 96