poetry of Rabindranath Tagore (from Stray Birds)
This longing is for the one who is
felt in the dark, but not seen in the day. (# 87)
Her wistful face haunts my dreams
like the rain at night. (# 8)
Your voice, my friend, wanders in
my heart, like the muffled sound of the
sea among these listening pines. (# 80)
Sorrow is hushed into peace in
my heart like the evening among the
silent trees. (# 10)
Be still, my heart, these great trees
are prayers. (# 95)
Put out the lamp when thou wishest.
I shall know thy darkness and shall
love it. (#289)
Note: composed at the American Academy in Rome, 2006. These settings reflect the place in which I composed them - in a studio tucked into the Aurelian wall, overlooking an idyllic garden.
Rabindranath Tagore was a Nobel laureate for literature (1913) as well as one of India's greatest poets. He was a Bengali writer who was born in Calcutta and later traveled around the world. He was knighted in 1915, but gave up his knighthood after the massacre of demonstrators in India in 1919.
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