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

Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): GER
Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls 
for thy neck with my tears of sorrow.

The stars have wrought their anklets of light 
to deck thy feet, 
but mine will hang upon thy breast.

Wealth and fame come from thee 
and it is for thee to give or to withhold them. 
But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own, 
and when I bring it to thee as my offering 
thou rewardest me with thy grace.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , 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: 10
Word count: 76