Gitanjali : PAGE - 4
The song that I came to sing remains unsung to this day. I have spent my days in
stringing and in unstringing my instrument.
The time has not come true, the words have not been rightly set; only there is the
agony of wishing in my heart.
The blossom has not opened; only the wind is sighing by. I have not seen his face, nor
have I listened to his voice; only I have heard his gentle footsteps from the road before
The livelong day has passed in spreading his seat on the floor; but the lamp has not
been lit and I cannot ask him into my house.
I live in the hope of meeting with him; but this meeting is not yet.
My desires are many and my cry is pitiful, but ever didst thou save me by hard
refusals; and this strong mercy has been wrought into my life through and through.
Day by day thou art making me worthy of the simple, great gifts that thou gavest to
me unasked - this sky and the light, this body and the life and the mind - saving me
from perils of overmuch desire.
There are times when I languidly linger and times when I awaken and hurry in search
of my goal; but cruelly thou hidest thyself from before me.
Day by day thou art making me worthy of thy full acceptance by refusing me ever and
anon, saving me from perils of weak, uncertain desire.
I am here to sing thee songs. In this hall of thine I have a corner seat.
In thy world I have no work to do; my useless life can only break out in tunes without
When the hour strikes for thy silent worship at the dark temple of midnight, command
me, my master, to stand before thee to sing.
When in the morning air the golden harp is tuned, honour me, commanding my
I have had my invitation to this world's festival, and thus my life has been blessed. My
eyes have seen and my ears have heard.
It was my part at this feast to play upon my instrument, and I have done all I could.
Now, I ask, has the time come at last when I may go in and see thy face and offer thee
my silent salutation?
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