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

This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies,
And Lads and Girls;
Was laughter and ability and sighing,
And frocks and curls.

This passive place a Summer's nimble mansion,
Where Bloom and Bees
Fulfilled their Oriental Circuit,
Then ceased like these.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Questa polvere quieta", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 40

Cette Poussière tranquille était des...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Cette Poussière tranquille était des Messieurs et des Dames,
Et des Garçons et des Filles ;
Était rire et compétence et Soupirs,
Et Robes et Boucles.

Cet endroit inerte était un château agité d'Été
Où Fleurs et Abeilles
Vivent un Circuit Oriental
Puis cessent, comme eux --

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Translations of title(s):
"A cemetery" = "Un cimetière"
"This quiet Dust" = "Cette Poussière tranquille"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-27
Line count: 8
Word count: 46