Excerpt from Gitanjali
Rabindranath Tagore (7th May, 1861 – 7th August, 1941)
If the day is done, if birds sing no more,
If the wind has flagged tired, then draw the veil of darkness thick upon me,
Even as thou hast wrapt the earth with the coverlet of sleep
And tenderly closed the petals of the drooping lotus at dusk.
From the traveller, whose sack of provisions is empty before the voyage is ended,
Whose garment is torn and dust laden,
Whose strength is exhausted, remove shame and poverty,
And renew his life like a flower under the cover of thy kindly night.
Coloured ink on paper, a painting by Rabindranath Tagore