Tuesday, 8 November 2005

Tagore's Crossing

I've just come across this on the web, its the first of the 2 Tagore poems that I plan to set:-


"Traveller, where do you go?"
"I go to bathe in the sea in the redd'ning dawn, along the tree-
bordered path."
"Traveller, where is that sea?"
"There where this river ends its course, where the dawn opens into
morning, where the day droops to the dust."
"Traveller, how many are they who come with you?"
"I know not how to count them.
They are travelling all night with their lamps lit, they are
singing all day through land and water."
"Traveller, how far is the sea?"
"How far is it, we all ask.
The rolling roar of its water swells to the sky when we hush our
take.
It ever seems near yet far."
"Traveller, the sun is waxing strong."
"Yes, our journey is long and grievous.
Sing who are weary in spirit, sing who are timid of heart."
"Traveller, what is the night overtakes you?"
"We shall lie down to sleep till the new morning dawns with its
songs, and the call of the sea floats in the air."

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