by Rabindranath Tagore in Gitanjali
I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power,
that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.
But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.
Tagore was an early 20th-century poet and philosopher from Calcutta, India. W. B. Yeats revealed his genius to the world, publishing Gitanjali and introducing Tagore to the leading thinkers of the day. Tagore won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1919. Learn more about Tagore, considered one of India's great sons.