If the day is done | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

If the day is done – is a poem in the Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry collection “Song Offerings” or “Gitanjali” in Bengali. Geetanjali is a remarkable book of verses composed by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), which earned him the Nobel Prize.

 

If the day is done | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
If the day is done | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

 

It was written originally in Bangla during 1908-1909 and later its English version in prose was published under the title ‘The Song offerings’. It was the first English anthology of Rabindranath published in late 1912 by the India Society of London. On 10 November of the following Year (1913), Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for the book Geetanjali.

This recognition introduced Rabindranath worldwide as an exponent of unique poetic talent. Famous Irish poet W B Yeats wrote the introduction of the English version of Geetanjali. Besides, a pencil sketch of the poet drawn by Rothenstain was published in the book. Rabindranath dedicated Geetanjali to WB Yeats.

Serial Number of the song : 24

 

If the day is done | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর [ Rabindranath Tagore ]

If the day is done.

IF THE DAY is done, if birds sing no more,

If the wind has flagged tired, then draw the veil of darkness thick upon me,

even as thou hast wrapt the earth with the coverlet of sleep and tenderly closed the petals of the drooping lotus at dusk.

From the traveller, whose sack of provisions is empty before the voyage is ended,

whose garment is torn and dust-laden, whose strength is exhausted,

remove shame and poverty,

and renew his life like a flower under the cover of thy kindly night.

 

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