Life of my life, I shall ever try | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Life of my life, I shall-ever try – 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.

Life of my life, I shall ever try | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Life of my life, I shall-ever try | 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 : 04

Life of my life, I shall ever try | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

Life of my life, I shall-ever try.

LIFE OF MY life, I shall-ever try to keep my body pure,

knowing that thy living touch is upon all my limbs.

I shall-ever try to keep all untruths out from my thoughts,

knowing that thou art that truth which has kindled the light of reason in my mind.

I shall-ever try to drive all evils away from my heart and keep my love in flower,

knowing that thou hast thy seat in the inmost shrine of my heart.

And it shall be my endeavour to reveal thee in my actions,

knowing it is thy power gives me strength to act.

 

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