by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Because I could not stop for Death
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER GER ITA
Because I [could]1 not stop for Death --
He kindly stopped for me --
The carriage held but just ourselves --
and Immortality.

We slowly drove -- he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labour, and my leisure too
For His Civility --

We passed the school, where children played,
[ At wrestling in a ring]2
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
a swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.

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1 Copland, Kagen: "would"
2 Copland: "Their lessons scarcely done"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La voiture", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (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) , "La carrozza", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Degut a què jo no podia aturar‑me per la...
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the English 
Degut a què jo no podia aturar-me per la mort –
ell s’aturà amablement per a mi –
el carruatge portava tan sols nosaltres dos
i la immortalitat.

Ens movíem lentament – ell no tenia pressa,
i jo havia renunciat
al meu treball i també al meu lleure
per la seva cortesia. –

Passarem davant l’escola, on els infants jugaven
a lluitar en un cercle,
passarem davant els camps de blat esguardants,
passarem davant la posta del sol.

Ens deturarem davant d’una casa que semblava
una protuberància de la terra;
la teulada a penes es veia,
la cornisa res més que un túmul.

Des d’aleshores han passat segles; però cadascun
sembla més curt que el dia
en el que, per primera vegada, vaig pressuposar 
que els caps dels cavalls encaraven l’eternitat.

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Translation of title "The chariot" = "La carrossa"


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