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

This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies,
And Lads and Girls;
Was laughter and ability and sighing,
And frocks and curls.

This passive place a Summer's nimble mansion,
Where Bloom and Bees
Fulfilled their Oriental Circuit,
Then ceased like these.

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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) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Questa polvere quieta", copyright © 2008, (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: 8
Word count: 40

Ein stiller Staub ‑ einst waren’s...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ein stiller Staub  - einst waren’s Männer, Frauen,
Burschen, Maiden;
Begabte waren’s, Lachen war’s und Seufzen,
und Locken, Kleider.

Ein Ruheplatz -  wo hurtig haust ein Sommer,
wo Blüt und Bien
voll Schwung den Lebenskreis durchziehn - dann
ruhn, wie diese.

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Translation of title "A cemetery" = "Ein Friedhof"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-09-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 41