Saturday, April 18, 2020

Rabindranath Tagore - The song within the Song

This song of mine will wind
its music around you, my child,
like the fond arms of love.
This song of mine will touch
your forehead like a kiss of blessing.
When you are alone it will sit
by your side and whisper in your ear,
When you are in the crowd
it will fence you about with aloofness.
My song will be like
a pair of wings to your dreams.
It will transport your heart
to the verge of the unknown.
It will be like the faithful star overhead
when dark night is over your road.
My song will sit in the pupils of your eyes,
and will carry your sight to the heart of things.
And when my voice is silent in death,
my song will speak to your living heart.

from "Collected Poems and Plays of Rabindranath Tagore "


"When dew falls as tears from the morning sky,
When riverside trees sparkle in sunlight,
So close in my heart their shadows fall,
Then I know
The Universe is a floating lotus
In the holy lake of my mind.
Then I know:
I am the voice within the Voice,
The song within the Song,
The life within the Life,
The light breaking through the heart of Darkness."

From "A Flight of Swans", translated by Aurobindo Bose

thanks to Carol Grayson