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The Judge is like the Owl

Language: English

The Judge is like the Owl -
I’ve heard my Father tell -
And Owls do build in Oaks -
So here’s an Amber Sill -

That slanted in my Path -
When going to the Barn -
And if it serve You for a House -
Itself is not in vain -

About the price - ’tis small -
I only ask a Tune
At Midnight - Let the Owl select
His favourite Refrain.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 2, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 728.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le hibou", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , "Die Eule", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-08-28.
Last modified: 2014-08-28 11:56:30
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Word count: 75

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Die Eule

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Der Richter gleicht der Eule -
Hörte ich meinen Vater sagen -
Und Eulen bauen in Eichen -
Hier ist also eine Bernstein-Schwelle -

Die sich über meinen Pfad neigte -
Als ich zur Scheune ging -
Und wenn es dir als Haus dienen kann -
Dann existiert es nicht umsonst -

Was die Miete betrifft - sie ist niedrig -
Ich verlange nur ein Lied
Um Mitternacht - lass die Eule sich
Ihren Lieblings-Refrain aussuchen.

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Text added to the website: 2014-08-28.
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Word count: 76