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Gitanjali – Rabindranath Tagore (1917)

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Gitanjali – Rabindranath Tagore (1917)

S$76.00

Title: Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
Author: Rabindranath Tagore, W B Yeats (intro)
Publisher: Macmillan & Co, 1917. A very early edition.
Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Some fraying to ends of spine, general wear, top of title page has small bits torn off, in generally good condition, firmly bound.

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Gitanjali (Bengali: গীতাঞ্জলি) is a collection of poems by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. The original Bengali collection of 157 poems was published on August 14, 1910. The English Gitanjali or Song Offerings is a collection of 103 English poems of Tagore’s own English translations of his Bengali poems first published in November 1912.

In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, largely for the English Gitanjali.

Excerpt:

Last Curtain

I know that the day will come
when my sight of this earth shall be lost,
and life will take its leave in silence,
drawing the last curtain over my eyes.
Yet stars will watch at night,
and morning rise as before,
and hours heave like sea waves casting up pleasures and pains.
When I think of this end of my moments,
the barrier of the moments breaks
and I see by the light of death
thy world with its careless treasures.
Rare is its lowliest seat,
rare is its meanest of lives.
Things that I longed for in vain
and things that I got
—let them pass.
Let me but truly possess
the things that I ever spurned
and overlooked.