On the Day When Death Will Knock(1914)
"On the Day When Death Will Knock at Thy Door" is the second song in John Alden Carpenter's song cycle Gitanjali: Song Offerings based on the Nobel-Prize winning poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.
On the Day When Death Will Knock at Thy Door
by Rabindranath Tagore
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.