Tagore song, You have set my life alight : Rabindranath Tagore
translated from Bengali to English by Prasenjit Gupta
But you’ve set my life alight
with the fire of your melody
And now this fire’s spreading everywhere.
From branch to branch in these lifeless trees
the fire dances its beat, its beat, yes,
Lifting its arms to someone, to the sky.
Every star of the dark
From where does this frenzied breeze blow this way?
On midnight’s breast
this clear, this golden, lotus blooms, yes;
Who can tell what powers belong to fire.
"tumi je surer aagun..", Puja, No. 6.
Published in Parabaas August, 2010 (22-she Sraban, 1417)
Translated by Prasenjit Gupta.
Illustration by Nilanjana Basu.