Rabindranath Tagore: Last Curtain

Rabindranath Tagore

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Last Curtain by Rabindranath Tagore

I know that
the day will come
when my sight of this earth shall be lost,
and life
will take its leave in silence,
drawing the last curtain over my eyes. Yet stars will watch at night,
and morning rise as before,
and
hours heave like sea waves casting up pleasures and pains.

When I think
of this end of my moments,
the barrier of the moments breaks
and I see
by the light of death
thy world with its careless treasures.
Rare is its
lowliest seat,
rare is its meanest of lives.

Things that I longed
for in vain
and things that I got
—let them pass.
Let me but truly
possess
the things that I ever spurned
and overlooked.

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