by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

If the day is done
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
If the day is done, 
if birds sing no more,
if the wind has flagged tired,
then draw the veil of darkness thick upon me, 
even as thou hast wrapt the earth 
with the coverlet of sleep 
and tenderly closed the petals 
of the drooping lotus at dusk.

From the traveller, 
whose sack of provisions is empty 
before the voyage is ended, 
whose garment is torn and dustladen, 
whose strength is exhausted, 
remove shame and poverty, 
and renew his life like a flower 
under the cover of thy kindly night.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Andrea Butenschön) , first published 1915


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-17
Line count: 16
Word count: 90

Si el día terminó
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
Si el día terminó, 
los pájaros no cantan más,
Si el viento se ha abatido fatigado,
echa sobre mí el velo espeso de las tinieblas.
Así como has cubierto la tierra 
con un velo del sueño
y tiernamente has cerrado los pétalos del loto
inclinados hacia el crepúsculo.








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This text was added to the website: 2010-08-31
Line count: 8
Word count: 48