I will deck thee with trophies, garlands
of my defeat. It is never in my power
to escape unconquered.
I surely know my pride will go to the
wall, my life will burst its bonds in ex-
ceeding pain, and my empty heart will
sob out in music like a hollow reed, and
the stone will melt in tears.
I surely know the hundred petals of
a lotus will not remain closed for ever
and the secret recess of its honey will
From the blue sky an eye shall gaze
upon me and summon me in silence.
Nothing will be left for me, nothing
whatever, and utter death shall I receive
at thy feet.
From Gitanjali (Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1913) by Rabindranath Tagore. This poem is in the public domain.