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

I never saw a moor
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (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) , "Mai vidi una brughiera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Word count: 45

Je n'ai jamais vu une Lande
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Je n'ai jamais vu une Lande.
Je n'ai jamais vu la Mer --
Pourtant je sais comment est faite la Bruyère
Et comment est une Vague.

Je n'ai jamais parlé avec Dieu,
Ni visité le Paradis --
Pourtant je suis certaine de cet endroit
Comme si le ticket était donné --

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Translations of title(s):
"Chartless" = "Sans ticket"
"I never saw a moor" = "Je n'ai jamais vu une Lande"
"Revelation" = "Révélation"


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Text added to the website: 2016-12-31 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:11:55
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Word count: 48