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I'm nobody! Who are you?

Language: English

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd [banish us]1, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell [your]2 name the livelong [day]3
To an admiring bog!

Translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA

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1 Bacon, G. Coates: "advertise"
2 Bacon, G. Coates: "one's
3 Bacon, G. Coates: "June"

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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) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io non sono nessuno, e tu?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Word count: 44

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Bin ein Niemand! Wer bist du?

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Bin ein Niemand! Wer bist du?
Bist auch ein Niemand du?
Dann sind zu zweit wir - sag’s niemand!
Wir würden dann verbannt.

Wie monoton, jemand zu sein -
ein lauter Frosch gleichsam:
Der stellt sich vor, tagaus, tagein
Bewunderern im Schlamm!

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Bacon, Robert F. Baksa, Leonard Berkowitz, Gloria Coates, Sharon Davis, Emma Lou Diemer, Arthur Farwell, Ulf A. Grahn, Jake Heggie, Brian Holmes, David Horowicz, Sergius Kagen, John Brodbin Kennedy, Ezra Laderman, Lori Laitman, Vincent Persichetti, Dennis Riley, Paul Siskind, Robert Starer, Gitta Steiner, Augusta Read Thomas. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-03-06 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2016-03-06 18:40:18
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Word count: 42