O fool, to try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders! | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

O fool, to try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders! – 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.

O fool, to try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders! | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর [ 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 : 09

O fool, to try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders! | Song Offerings, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

O fool, to try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders!.

O FOOL, TO TRY to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders!

O beggar, to come to beg at thy own door!

Leave all thy burdens on his hands who can bear all,

and never look behind in regret.

Thy desire at once puts out the light from the lamp it touches with its breath.

It is unholy-take not thy gifts through its unclean hands.

Accept only what is offered by sacred love.

 

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