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

I plucked your flower, O world!
Language: English  after the Bangla (Bengali) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
I plucked your flower, O world!
I pressed it to my heart and the thorn pricked.
When the day waned and it darkened, 
I found that the flower had faded, 
but the pain remained.

More flowers will come to you 
with perfume and pride, O world!
But my time for flower-gathering is over, 
and through the dark night I have not my rose, 
only the pain remains.

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  • Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation by František Balej (1873 - 1918) ; composed by Josef Bohuslav Foerster.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Jan Śliwiński (1884 - 1950) , no title, appears in Rabindranath Tagore. Der Gärtner, no. 57, first published 1916 ; composed by Hanns Eisler, Hans Gál.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Franco Alfano, Giulio Balestrazzi.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Manuel M. Ponce.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Andrea Butenschön (1866 - 1948) ; composed by Lennart Hedwall.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Erkki Gustaf Melartin.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "J'ai cueilli ta fleur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2010-02-07
Line count: 10
Word count: 67

Colsi il tuo fiore, o mondo!
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Colsi il tuo fiore, o mondo!
Lo strinsi al cuor e la spina mi punse.
Al cader della notte trovai il fior appassito,
ma il dolore rimase!
Altri fiori verranno a te, o mondo,
col lo profumo e fasto.
Ma per me è passato il tempo
di coglier fiori e nella notte oscura,
non ho più la mia rosa.
Solo il dolor è rimasto, il dolore!

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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-08
Line count: 10
Word count: 66