by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bee! I'm expecting you!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER GER
Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due --

The Frogs got Home last Week --
Are settled, and at work --
Birds, mostly back --
The Clover warm and thick --

You'll get my Letter by
The Seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me --
Yours, Fly.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 2, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 983.


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

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , no title, copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2004-05-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 49

Biene! Ich erwarte dich!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Biene! Ich erwarte dich!
Sagte gestern
Zu jemandem, den du kennst,
Dass du fällig wärest -

Die Frösche kehrten letzte Woche heim-
Haben sich eingelebt und sind an der Arbeit -
Die Vögel, meist alle wieder da -
Der Klee ist warm und dicht -

Meinen Brief bekommst du
Zum Siebzehnten; antworte,
Oder noch besser, sei hier bei mir -
Deine Fliege.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of the title of the song by Philips: "Ein Brief"


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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 62