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

To venerate the simple days
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
To venerate the simple days
Which lead the seasons by,
Needs but to remember
That from you or [me]1
They may take the trifle
Termed mortality!

To invest existence with a stately air,
Needs but to remember
That the acorn there
Is the egg of forests
For the upper air!

E. Bacon sets stanza 1

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Pour vénérer les simples jours
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Pour vénérer les simples jours
Qui mènent les saisons
Il suffit de se souvenir
Qu'à toi ou à moi
Ils peuvent prendre la bagatelle
Appelée mortalité !

Pour donner à l'existence un air majestueux
Il suffit de se souvenir
Que le Gland qui est là
Est l'œuf des forêts
Pour atteindre l'Air d'en haut !

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Translations of title(s):
"The simple days" = "Les simples jours"
"Simple days" = "Simple jours"


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