by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

February twilight
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.
There was no other creature 
That saw what I could see
I stood and watched the evening star
As long as it watched me.


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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Crépuscule de février", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dämmrung im Februar", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Garth Baxter

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Dämmrung im Februar
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
An einem Hügel stand ich,
er war frisch eingeschneit;
am Abendhimmel stand ein Stern
in kalter Einsamkeit.
Kein weit'res Wesen um mich,
das sah, was mir gewahr:
Ich stand und schaut' den Abendstern
solang' er auf mich sah.


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Text added to the website: 2014-01-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:28
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