by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

The Auctioneer of Parting
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
The Auctioneer of Parting
His "Going, going, gone"
Shouts even from the Crucifix,
And brings his Hammer down --
He only sells the Wilderness,
The prices of Despair
Range from a single human Heart
To Two -- not any more --

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

Le Commissaire‑priseur de la Séparation
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Le Commissaire-priseur de la Séparation
Son « Une fois, deux fois, adjugé »
Crie même depuis le Crucifix,
Et abaisse son Marteau --
Il vend seulement le Désert,
Les prix du Désespoir
Vont d'un seul Cœur humain
À Deux -- pas plus --

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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 40