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II. From Bengali
Songs of the Sea (Sagar Sangit)
How many aeons hast thou flowed like this,
The torture of this music in thy heart?
World-maddening melodies that stormed heart to kiss
After what cycles from thy surge still part,
Recalling endless ages,
Regretting countless lives?
Birthless and endless, bearing from the first
Eternal wailing thou sweep’st on, O sea.
What hunger sobs in thee? what vehement thirst?
What tireless anguish moans implacably?
Moans many a thousand ages,
Moans many a million lives.
O friend cursed thus through the unending years!
O my unquiet ocean all of tears!
Yet ’tis to thee that leaving all I come,
As always came I to my real home
And always shall come in the endless years,
Parted through endless ages,
Met in unnumbered lives.