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

If she had been the mistletoe
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
If she had been the mistletoe
And I had been the rose,
How gay upon your table
My velvet life to close.
Since I am of the Druid,
And she is of the dew,
I'll deck tradition's buttonhole
And send the rose to you.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

Falls sie der Mistelzweig, und ich
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Falls sie der Mistelzweig, und ich
die Ros’ gewesen wär -
auf deinem Tisch beschließen
mein samten Sein, welch Ehr.
Da ich von heil’ger Eiche,
und sie aus Tau gebor’n,
hab ich dein  Knopfloch für die Ros
als Adressat erkor’n.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-05-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 40