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

I love you, beloved. Forgive me my love
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
I love you, beloved.  Forgive me my love.
Like a bird losing its way I am caught.
When my heart was shaken it lost its veil and was naked. 
Cover it with pity, beloved, and forgive me my love.

If you cannot love me, beloved, forgive me my pain.
Do not look askance at me from afar.
I will steal back to my corner and sit in the dark.
With both hands I will cover my naked shame.
Turn your face from me, beloved, and forgive me my pain.

If you love me, beloved, forgive me my joy.
When my heart is borne away by the flood of happiness,
do not smile at my perilous abandonment.
When I sit on my throne and rule you with my tyranny of love,
when like a goddess I grant you my favour, bear with my pride,
beloved, and forgive me my joy.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Ich liebe dich, Geliebter. Vergib mir meine Liebe", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2008-07-14
Line count: 15
Word count: 149