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

He whom I enclose with my name is...
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
He whom I enclose with my name is weeping in this dungeon. 
I am ever busy building this wall all around; 
and as this wall goes up into the sky day by day 
I lose sight of my true being in its dark shadow.

I take pride in this great wall, 
and I plaster it with dust and sand 
lest a least hole should be left in this name; 
and for all the care I take 
I lose sight of my true being.

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-03
Line count: 9
Word count: 83