by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 43

Crépuscule de février
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
J'étais près d'une colline
Doucement recouverte d'une nouvelle neige,
Une étoile solitaire observait
Depuis le rougeoiement d'un soir froid.
Il n'y avait aucune autre créature
Pour voir ce que je pouvais voir
J'étais là et surveillai l'étoile du soir
Aussi longtemps qu'elle me surveilla.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 44