I love to watch the road
 

I love to watch the road
I love to watch the road
Sunshine and shadows play,
    rain comes
        and the spring
I love to watch the road
I love to watch the road

People pass to and fro
    bringing news
People pass to and fro
    bringing news
I’m happy to live in my thoughts
    when the breeze cools,
        cools me gently
I love to watch the road
I love to watch the road

All day with wide open eyes
    I’ll sit at my door alone
If the time comes for you to be suddenly here,
        I’ll see you

All day with wide open eyes
    I’ll sit at my door alone
If the time comes for you to be suddenly here,
        I’ll see you

Meanwhile, sometimes,
    I’ll inwardly laugh and sing
Meanwhile, sometimes,
    I’ll inwardly laugh and sing
While a scent on the breeze floats,
    floats past me
        softly
I love to watch the road
I love to watch the road
Sunshine and shadows play,
    rain comes
        and the spring
I love to watch the road
I love to watch the road

Rabindranath Tagore
                tr William Radice

William Radice – A Tribute to Tagore

 

Let me pronounce these words the day I go:
             Nothing compares
             With what I’ve seen,
      With what I’ve come to know.

The hundred-petalled lotus that upon
               This sea of light
               Blooms—I’ve drunk
      Its nectar: let me to everyone

Speak of this good fortune on the day I go.
              This world of forms
              In which I’ve played
      Allows what has no form to show

Its beauty: with my eyes I’ve witnessed this.
          That which can’t
          Be touched has touched
     And hugged the whole of my body—thus

If all of this must end, then let it go.
          These are the words
          Which on the day
     I leave I want you all to know.

Rabindranath Tagore
             tr William Radice

 

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