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Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 1

Word count: 291

by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990)

German (Deutsch) translation: Emily Dickinson-Lieder: Natur, Zeit und Raum - Band 1 (Bertram Kottmann)

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?. Simple days [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


To venerate the simple days
Which lead the seasons by,
Needs but to remember
That from you or [me]1
They may take the trifle
Termed mortality!

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?. A spider [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


A spider sewed at night
Without a light
Upon an arc of white.
If ruff it was of dame
Or shroud of Gnome,
Himself, himself inform.
Of immortality
His strategy
Was physiognomy.


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?. On this wondrous sea [ sung text checked 1 time]

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On this wondrous sea,
Sailing silently,
[Ho! pilot, ho!
Knowest thou the shore]1
Where no breakers roar,
Where the storm is o'er?

In the silent west
Many [the]2 sails at rest,
Their anchors fast;
Thither I pilot thee, -
Land, ho! Eternity!
Ashore at last!


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?. A drop fell on the apple tree [ sung text checked 1 time]

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A drop fell on the apple tree.
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

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1. Is there such a thing as day? [ sung text checked 1 time]

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Will there really be a morning?
Is there such a thing as day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like water-lilies?
Has it feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!
Oh, some wise man from the skies!
Please to tell a little pilgrim
Where the place called morning lies!


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