On the Day When Death Will Knock

"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.

Date: 1914Composer: John Alden CarpenterText: Rabindranath TagoreSong Collection: Gitanjali: Song Offerings

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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.

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Gitanjali

By Rabindranath Tagore

Sheet Music

Gitanjali

Composer(s): John Alden Carpenter

Song(s): 1. When I Bring to You Colour'd Toys
2. On the Day When Death Will Knock
3. The Sleep That Flits on Baby's Eyes
4. I Am Like a Remnant of a Cloud of Autumn
5. On the Seashore of Endless Worlds
6. Light, My Light

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