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

I've seen a dying eye
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
I've seen a dying eye
Run round and round a room
In search of something, as it seemed,
Then cloudier become;
And then, obscure with fog,
And then be soldered down,
Without disclosing what it be,
’T were blessed to have seen.

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Confirmed with Dickinson, Emily, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Boston: Little, Brown, 1924; Bartleby.com, 2000. www.bartleby.com/113/4015.html


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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • 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: 42

Ich sah ein sterbend Aug
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ich sah ein sterbend Aug -
im Zimmer irrt’s herum -
etwas zu suchen - wie es schien -
umwölkter ward’s hernach,
von Nebeln dann getrübt,
um letztlich zu erstarr’n.
Ein Segen wär, es täte kund
was es geschaut in Todesstund.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 41