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

Deity of the ruined temple!
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
Deity of the ruined temple!
The broken strings of Vina 
sing no more your praise. 
The bells in the evening proclaim 
not your time of worship. 
The air is still and silent about you.

In your desolate dwelling 
comes the vagrant spring breeze. 
It brings the tidings of flowers -- 
the flowers that for your worship are offered no more.

Your worshipper of old wanders 
ever longing for favour 
still refused.
In the eventide, when fires and shadows mingle 
with the gloom of dust,
he wearily comes back to the ruined temple 
with hunger in his heart.

Many a festival day comes to you in silence, 
deity of the ruined temple.
Many a night of worship goes away 
with lamp unlit.

Many new images are built by masters of cunning art
and carried to the holy stream of oblivion 
when their time is come.

Only the deity of the ruined temple 
remains unworshipped in deathless neglect.

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