The Time of Parting (op. 84, no. 2)


"The Time of Parting" is a song by Henry Hadley setting a text by Rabindranath Tagore. The original text was written in Bengali and published in Tagore's Gitanjali.

Hadley's song is currently published by Classical Vocal Reprints in two different keys.

At This Time of Parting
by Rabindranath Tagore

At this time of my parting,
wish me good luck, my friends!
The sky is flushed with the dawn
and my path lies beautiful.
Ask not what I have with me to take there.
I start on my journey with empty hands
and expectant heart.
I shall put on my wedding garland.
Mine is not the red-brown dress of the traveller,
and though there are dangers on the way
I have no fear in mind.
The evening star will come out when my voyage is done
and the plaintive notes of the twilight melodies
be struck up from the King's gateway.

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