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

How happy is the little stone
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And doesn't care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 10
Word count: 46

Comme est heureuse la petite Pierre
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Comme est heureuse la petite Pierre
Qui se promène seule sur la Route,
Et ne se soucie pas des Carrières
Et n'a jamais peur des Situations critiques --
Dont le manteau de Brun élémentaire
Est enfilé par l'Univers en passant,
Et indépendante comme le Soleil,
Elle s'associe ou brille toute seule,
Accomplissant un Décret absolu
En toute simplicité --

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Translations of title(s):
"The little stone" = "La petite pierre"
"How happy is the little stone" = "Comme est heureuse la petite Pierre"


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Line count: 10
Word count: 57