"Light" is a song from David Leisner's song cycle Heaven's River, which sets the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.
The audio selection in the player to the right features Courtenay Budd, soprano, and David Leisner, guitar. The recording is from a live performance in New York, 2009. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
by Rabindranath Tagore
Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light, heart-sweetening light!
Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the centre of my life; the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.
The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light. Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.
The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling, and it scatters gems in profusion.
Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladness without measure. The heaven's river has drowned its banks and the flood of joy is abroad.