by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

There came a wind like a bugle
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER ITA
There came a wind like a bugle,
It quivered through the grass,
And a green chill upon the heat
So ominous did pass

We barred the windows and the doors
As from an emerald ghost
The doom's electric moccasin
That very instant passed.

On a strange mob of panting trees,
And fences fled away,
And rivers where the houses ran
The living looked that day,

The bell within the steeple wild,
The flying tidings whirled.
How much can come and much can go,
And yet abide the world!

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Gordon Getty, Lee Hoiby, Leon Kirchner.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Vingué un vent com un clarí", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Alors vint un vent comme un clairon", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 88

Ein Wind kam auf wie Hornsignal
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ein Wind kam auf wie Hornsignal,
er rüttelte die Flur,
durch Hitze zog ein frostig Grün
unheilvoll seine Spur.

Wir sperrten Tür und Fenster zu
als käm’ ein grüner Geist-
des Unheils blitzgelad’ner Schuh
zog eben jetzt vorbei.

Auf Bäume, ächzend und bizarr,
auf Zäune, fortgeweht,
auf Flüsse, wo einst Häuser war’n
sah jeder, der noch lebt.

Die Sturmglocke hat wild gegellt,
trug es von Ort zu Ort -
was auch passiert auf dieser Welt,
sie dauert dennoch fort!

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This text was added to the website: 2015-06-10
Line count: 16
Word count: 79