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"Nature" is what we see -- The Hill -- the Afternoon -- Squirrel -- Eclipse -- the Bumble bee -- Nay -- Nature is Heaven -- Nature is what we hear -- The Bobolink -- the Sea -- Thunder -- the Cricket -- Nay -- Nature is Harmony -- Nature is what we know -- Yet have no art to say -- So impotent Our Wisdom is To her Simplicity.
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 721 (Version A).
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927), "Nature is what we see", 2002, published 2008 [chorus and orchestra], from Songs for the Earth, no. 1, Seesaw/Subito ; texts by Emily Dickinson, Omar Khayyám, Dorothy Diemer Hendry, Hildegard von Bingen, Mary Oliver [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Julian Philips (b. 1969), "Afterword", 1997/2002, published 2007 [high voice and piano], from An Amherst Bestiary, no. 19, Peters Edition [ sung text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2013-05-22
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“Natur” ist, was wir sehen - Der Hügel - der Nachmittag - Eichkätzchen - Sonnenfinsternis - die Hummel - Nein - Natur ist Himmelreich - Natur ist, was wir hören - Der Bobolink - das Meer - Donner - die Grille - Nein - Natur ist Harmonie - Natur ist, was wir kennen - Jedoch an Kunst mangelt es uns, es auszudrücken - So unfähig ist unsere Weisheit Im Vergleich mit ihrer Einfachheit.
About the headline (FAQ)German song title (Diemer): "Natur ist, was wir sehen"
German song title (Philips): "Nachwort"
- Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2014-08-28
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