by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
To see [a]1 World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Proverbe VII", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Eine Welt zu sehn in dem Körnchen Sand", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Vedere un mondo in un grano di sabbia", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Proverbe VII
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Voir un monde dans un grain de sable,
Et un ciel dans une fleur sauvage,
Tenir l'infini dans la pomme de ta main,
Et l'éternité en une heure.


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