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Vikram Seth

All you who sleep tonight

Gij allen die vannacht

Gij allen die vannacht
Ver van geliefden slaapt,
Waar u geen mens verwacht
Waar donkere leegt gaapt –
Weet: Gij zijt niet alleen.
De mensheid deelt uw nood,
Soms voor een dag of één,
En soms tot aan de dood.

All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hands to left or right,
And emptiness above –
Know that you aren’t alone.
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.
Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth

(India, 1952)

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All you who sleep tonight

All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hands to left or right,
And emptiness above –
Know that you aren’t alone.
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.

All you who sleep tonight

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