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

I'll tell you how the Sun rose
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
I'll tell you how the Sun rose, -
A Ribbon at a time -
The Steeples swam in Amethyst -
The news like Squirrels ran -
The Hills untied their Bonnets,
The Bobolinks - begun -
Then I said softly to myself -
"That must have been the Sun!"
But how he set - I know not -
There seemed a purple stile
Which little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while -
Till when they reached the other side -
A Dominie in Gray
Put gently up the evening Bars,
And led the flock away.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (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: 16
Word count: 98

Je vous dirai comment le Soleil s'est...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Je vous dirai comment le Soleil s'est levé --
Un Ruban à la fois --
les Clochers nageaient dans l'Améthyste --
Les nouvelles, comme les Écureuils, couraient --
Les Collines détachaient leurs bonnets --
Les Goglus des prés -- commençaient --
Alors je me dis doucement --
« Ce devait être le Soleil » !
Mais comment il s'est couché -- je ne sais pas --
Il semblait qu'il y avait un échalier pourpre
Que des petits garçons et de filles en Jaune
Escaladaient tout le temps --
Jusqu'à ce que quand ils eurent atteint l'autre côté
Un Pasteur en Gris --
Posa doucement les barres du soir --
Et amena son troupeau --

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Translations of title(s):
"The sun" = "Le soleil"
"How the sun rose" = "Comment le soleil s'est levé"
"I'll tell you how the sun rose" = "Je vous dirai comment le Soleil s'est levé"
"A day" = "Un jour"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-01-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 100