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

Will there really be a morning?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Will there really be a morning?
Is there such a thing as day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like water-lilies?
Has it feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!
Oh, some wise man from the skies!
Please to tell a little pilgrim
Where the place called morning lies!

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (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: 12
Word count: 75

Wird es Morgen wirklich geben?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wird es „Morgen“ wirklich geben?
Gibt es so etwas wie „Tag“?
Könnt ich’s von ganz oben sehen,
wenn ich hätt’ der Berge Schlag?

Hat es Sprossen wie Seerosen?
Federn, wie’s der Vogel hat?
Aus fernem Land zu uns gestoßen,
von dem man keine Ahnung hat?

Ach, Gelehrter! Ach,Matrose!
Weiser, der vom Himmel fliegt!
Sagt einem, der auf dem Weg ist,
wo, was „Morgen“ heißt, denn liegt.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 66