Light, my light, the world filling light | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Light, my light, the world filling light – 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.

 

Light, my light, the world-filling light | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
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 : 57

Light, my light, the world-filling light | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

Light, my light, the world filling light.

LIG’HT, MY lig’ht, the world-filling lig’ht, the eye-kissing lig’ht, heart-sweetening li’ght!

Ah, the lig’ht dances, my darling, at the centre of my life; the lig’ht strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.

The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of lig’ht Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of lig’ht

The li’ght is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling, and it scatters gems in profusion.

Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladness without measure. The heaven’s river has drowned its banks and the flood of joy is abroad.

 

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