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The Song of the Nightingale

Swami Kriyananda
January 1, 1980

Sung by Swami Kriyananda, in a concert in Germany approx. 1980.

Lyrics:

Nightingale! Nightingale!

Sing of joy through the night.

Teach my heart To impart

Everywhere your delight.

Sing of moon rays on the rain,

Sing that love’s not in vain:

Every grief, every wrong

Has its ending in song.

 

Nightingale! Nightingale!

Sing of joy through the night.

Teach all men

How to spin

Clouds of gloom into light.

Without silence, what is song?

Without night, where is dawn?

Were it not for men’s woes,

Who would smile at a rose?

Nightingale! Nightingale!

Sing of joy through the night.

Let each tone,

Silence-grown,

Earth and heaven unite.

Morning laughter, evening tears,

Snow and blossoms — all fade!

Joy must sing in the night

To face change unafraid.

 

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