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

Summer for thee grant I may be
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Summer for thee grant I may be
  When summer days are flown!
Thy music still when whippoorwill
  And oriole are done!

For thee to bloom, I'll skip the tomb
  And [sow]1 my blossoms o'er!
Pray gather me, Anemone,
  Thy flower forevermore!

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Confirmed with Dickinson, Emily. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1924;, 2000
1 in the Franklin edition, "row"


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , 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: 8
Word count: 41

Sommer für dich, gerne wär’s ich
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Sommer für dich, gerne wär’s ich,
wenn Sommers Zeit ist um!
Musik dir noch, sind jetzt doch
Schwalb’ und Pirol verstummt!

Dir Blüte sein, meid’ Grab und Stein,
streu meine Verse weit!
Pflück mich geschwind, Röslein im Wind,
das blühet dir, allzeit!

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This text was added to the website: 2016-03-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 42