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четверг, 7 июля 2011 г.

122. Unending Love: One of Audrey Hepburn's favorite poems

~Written by Rabindranath Tagore - a Bengali poet, writer and composer - this poem itself combines music and poetry in the most appealing way. Even in translation, his poems carry the sound of music that speaks universally to each human being.

Tagore was the first non-European and the only Indian artist to be awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. His short stories, plays and novels depicted the Bengali country lifestyle and reshaped the literature and music of the country.

Shortly before her death, Audrey Hepburn shared one of her favorite poems, penned by Tagore, with her two sons. Read it and enjoy its charming melody!~

Unending Love

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times,
In life after life, in age after age forever.
My spell-bound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms

In life after life, in age after age forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, its age-old pain,
Its ancient tale of being apart or together,
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge
Clad in the light of a pole-star piercing the darkness of time:

You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount
At the heart of time love of one for another.
We have played alongside millions of lovers, shared in the same
Shy sweetness of meeting, the same distressful tears of farewell -
Old love, but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you,
The love of all man's days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life,
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
And the songs of everypoet both past and forever.

Rabindranath Tagore