Gitanjali Poem 45 Summary and Analysis

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Have you not heard his silent, steps?
He comes, comes, ever comes.
Every moment and every age, every day and every night he comes, comes, ever comes.
Many a song have I sung in many a mood of mind, but all their notes have always proclaimed, "He comes, comes, ever comes."
In the fragrant days of sunny April through the forest path he comes, comes, ever comes.
In the rainy gloom of July nights on the thundering chariot of clouds he comes, comes, ever comes.
In sorrow after sorrow it is his steps that press upon my heart, and it is the golden touch of his feet that makes my joy to shine.

Have you not heard his silent, steps? He comes, comes, ever comes. Every moment and every age, every day and every night he comes, comes, ever comes.
Gitanjali Poem no. 45

Summary

      Here Tagore celebrates the idea of constant presence. He asks if others have heard God's silent footsteps making their way towards them. God is always coming, he comes at every moment, everyday, night and every age. The poet says that all the different songs that he had sung according to the different moods in his mind, have always announced God's coming God has been coming through the paths of the forest in the sweet, fragrant days of April. He has also been coming during the gloomy nights of July in the rain and thunder. God has been coming to comfort him his sorrow and to shine on him in his joy and happiness.

Analysis

      This lyric is a beautiful poem containing the deeply religious idea that God is ever present. Here, his view is that God shall not come at a special moment, rather He is always coming. God's coming and blessing man with his presence is not confined to one moment but is a perpetual occurrence. The only thing is that God walks with silent steps and therefore not everyone can hear him coming. Tagore celebrates God's coming in different seasons, and time, he celebrates through the various songs he has sung in his various moods. God comes all the time, there is not a moment when he doesn't come. He comes during the fragrant days of sunny April as well as during the rainy nights of July. During the time of his deepest sorrows and during his deepest joys.

Annotation

      Every moment and every man comes: God is omnipotent, omniscient, so he is present with the poet or comes to him all the time, at every moment. In a many a mood of mind: in various different moods. Press upon my heart: God's soothing touch on his sorrowful heart.

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