Light, my light (John Alden Carpenter)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-11).  Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 380 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.

General Information

Title: Light, My Light
Composer: John Alden Carpenter
Lyricist: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1914 No title, from Gitanjali (Song Offerings), No. 6. - Lyrics from Gitanjali, published 1913

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Original text and translations

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Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light,
heart-sweetening light! Ah, the light dances, my darling, at
the centre of my life; the light 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 light. Lilies and
jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.

The light 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.