On the day when death will knock at thy door (John Alden Carpenter)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-11).  Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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Title: On the day when death will knock at thy door
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. 2. Lyrics from Gitanjali, published 1913

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Original text and translations

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On the day when death will knock at thy door, what
wilt thou offer to him?

Oh, I will set before my guest the full vessel of my life; I will
never let him go with empty hands.

All the sweet vintage of all my autumn days and summer
nights, all the earnings and gleanings of my busy life, will I
place before him at the close of my days when death will
knock at my door.