Vier Chöre auf Gedichte von Emily Dickinson

Translations © by Bertram Kottmann

Song Cycle by Gitta Steiner (1932 - 1990)

Original language: 4 Choruses of Emily Dickinson

?. I have no life but this [sung text not yet checked]
I have no life but this,
To lead it here;
Nor any death, but lest
Dispelled from there;

Nor tie to earths to come,
Nor action new,
Except through this extent,
The realm of you.

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by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
?.
Ich hab’ dies Leben nur
zu führen hier;
auch keinen Tod, denn den,
verbannt von hier;

Kein Band an dies, was kommt,
noch neues Tun,
es sei, in deinem Geist
und Herz zu ruhn.

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?. Our share of night to bear [sung text not yet checked]
Our share of night to bear,
Our share of morning,
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning.

Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way.
Here a mist, and there a mist,
Afterwards - day!

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Mit an der Nacht zu tragen", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
?. Mit an der Nacht zu tragen
Mit an der Nacht zu tragen,
und mit am Morgen.
Was uns fehlt an Glück
und Spott, besorgen.

Hier ein Stern und ein Stern dort,
mancher verirrt sich.
Hier ein Nebel, einer dort,
dann regt der Tag sich!

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?. I'm nobody [sung text not yet checked]
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!

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  • 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

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

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by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
?.
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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?. Summer for Thee [sung text not yet checked]
Summer for thee grant I may be
  When summer days are flown!
Thy music still when whippoorwill
  And oriole are done!

For thee to bloom, I'll skip the tomb
  And [sow]1 my blossoms o'er!
Pray gather me, Anemone,
  Thy flower forevermore!

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Confirmed with Dickinson, Emily. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1924; Bartleby.com, 2000 http://www.bartleby.com/113/3040.html
1 in the Franklin edition, "row"

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by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
?.
Sommer für dich, gerne wär’s ich,
wenn Sommers Zeit ist um!
Musik dir noch, sind jetzt doch
Schwalb’ und Pirol verstummt!

Dir Blüte sein, meid’ Grab und Stein,
streu meine Verse weit!
Pflück mich geschwind, Röslein im Wind,
das blühet dir, allzeit!

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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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This text was added to the website: 2016-03-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 42

Translation © by Bertram Kottmann
Total word count: 156