by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Given in marriage unto Thee
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Given in marriage unto Thee
Oh thou celestial host,
Bride of the Father and the Son
Bride of the Holy Ghost.
Other betrothal shall dissolve
Wedlock of will, decay,
Only the keeper of this ring
conquer mortality.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , 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: 37

Donnée en Mariage à Toi
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Donnée en Mariage à Toi
Oh, toi Hôte Céleste --
Épouse du Père et du Fils
Épouse du Saint-Esprit --

D'autres fiançailles se dissoudront --
Des Mariages désirés, tomberont en ruines --
Seule la Gardienne de cet Anneau
Vainc la Mortalité --

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Translation of title "Bride of the Holy Ghost" = "Épouse du Saint-Esprit"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-08
Line count: 8
Word count: 37