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

Bind me ‑‑ I still can sing
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Bind me -- I still can sing
Banish -- my mandolin
Strikes true within --.

Slay -- and my Soul shall rise
Chanting to Paradise --
Still thine.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Fessle mich - kann dennoch singen", copyright © 2016, (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: 6
Word count: 24

Fessle mich ‑ kann dennoch singen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Fessle mich - kann dennoch singen -
weis’ mich ab - die Saiten klingen
doch treu in mir.

Töte mich - zum Paradies aufschwingen
wird meine Seele sich und singen -
noch immer dein.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-03-01
Line count: 6
Word count: 34