by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Good Morning ‑‑ Midnight
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Good Morning -- Midnight --
I'm coming Home --
Day -- got tired of Me --
How could I -- of Him?

Sunshine was a sweet place --
I liked to stay --
But Morn -- didn't want me -- now --
So -- Goodnight -- Day!

I can look -- can't I --
When the East is Red?
The Hills -- have a way -- then --
That puts the Heart -- abroad --

You -- are not so fair -- Midnight --
I chose -- Day --
But -- please take a little Girl --
He turned away!

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (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: 2004-05-30
Line count: 16
Word count: 73

Guten Morgen ‑ Mitternacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Guten Morgen - Mitternacht
ich kehr zurück nach Haus -
der Tag - ward meiner leid -
wie käm ich ohne ihn aus?

Im warmen Sonnenlicht
hat das Herz mir gelacht -
doch die Früh wollt’ mich nicht -
so - Tag, - gute Nacht!

Ich darf doch das Rot
im Osten noch sehn?
Die Höh’n lassen mir 
dann das Herz aufgehn.

Mitternacht - bist nicht so schön -
den Tag ich erkies -
doch nimm ein junges Ding,
das dieser abwies!

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This text was added to the website: 2017-05-21
Line count: 16
Word count: 82