When I Bring to You Colour'd Toys

(1914)

"When I Bring to You Color'd Toys" is the first song in John Alden Carpenter's song cycle Gitanjali: Song Offerings based on the Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore.

When I Bring to You Color'd Toys, My Child
by Rabindranath Tagore


When I bring to you colour'd toys, my child,
I understand why there is such a play of colours on clouds,
On water, and why flow'rs are painted in tints:
When I give colour'd toys to you, my child.


When I sing to make you dance,
I truly know why there is music in leaves,
And why waves send their chorus of voices
To the heart of the listening earth:
When I sing to make you dance.


When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands,
I know why there is honey in the cup of the flower
And why fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice:
When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.


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