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

Have you not heard his silent steps?
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
Have you not heard his silent steps? 
He comes, comes, ever comes.

Every moment and every age, 
every day and every night
he comes, comes, ever comes.

Many a song have I sung 
in many a mood of mind, 
but all their notes have always proclaimed, 
`He comes, comes, ever comes.'

In the fragrant days of sunny April 
through the forest path 
he comes, comes, ever comes.

In the rainy gloom of July nights 
on the thundering chariot of clouds 
he comes, comes, ever comes.

In sorrow after sorrow 
it is his steps that press upon my heart, 
and it is the golden touch of his feet 
that makes my joy to shine.

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This text was added to the website: 2005-01-17
Line count: 19
Word count: 113