Treasure Island

Rabindranath Tagore

(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

Endless Time


Time is endless in thy hands, my lord.
There is none to count thy minutes.

Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers.
Thou knowest how to wait.

Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower.

We have no time to lose,
and having no time we must scramble for a chance.
We are too poor to be late.

And thus it is that time goes by
while I give it to every querulous man who claims it,
and thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last.

At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest thy gate be shut;
but I find that yet there is time.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/4/2014 4:40:00 AM)

    Gurudev Tagore's famous poem narrates about the time and its limitations but the infinity of time in the hands of the all powerful lord whose blessings the time allotted and cycle of births and deaths goes on. Every second of time is precious and man's destiny is to live using the very precious time with values and innerawakening. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/4/2014 4:36:00 AM)

    Time is the very precious thing in this life and we human beings are to be make ourselves the limitation of time that has given to us by the divine grace though we cannot understand or read the exactness of longevity of life. But at the sametime we are bound to live at every moment having self conscious about the time and Ravindra Natha Tagore's famous poem is so much interested to read and understand. The holistic approach to time and world situation is a good thing for leading a life of perfection accepting all positive qualities indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/4/2014 4:31:00 AM)

    In this life time is so precious and no one is aware of the exact limitation of time allowed to him for life experience in this world of sorrows and good feelings. The limitation of time is the real value of life which we takes into account and the human being is aware of the preciousness of life in the point of time. Ravindra natha Tagore's poem is very happy to read and enjoy in its good feeling. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (2/19/2014 10:06:00 AM)

    O my Lord
    At the end of the day I hasten in fear
    lest thy gate be shut;
    but I find that yet there is time. (Report) Reply

  • Ula Step (11/30/2013 4:16:00 AM)

    wise constatation on time, many people think on time, many people give dfinition and our lack of ability to understand the time, but R.Tagore did what nobody before, related to God and said it is endless; his feeling of time is divine, athe poet is special person who undesrstands the time. wonderful wise deep wise poem and thoughts (Report) Reply

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