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

Lightly stepped a yellow star
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Lightly stepped a yellow star
To its lofty place,
Loosed the Moon her silver hat
From her lustral face.
All of evening softly lit
As an astral hall -
"Father," I observed to Heaven,
"You are punctual."

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Line count: 8
Word count: 37

Sacht betrat ein gelber Stern
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Sacht betrat ein gelber Stern
seinen Himmelsfleck,
Luna zog das Silbertuch
vor ihrem Lächeln weg.
Abendhimmel matt erhellt 
wie ein Sternensaal -
„Vater“, sagte ich hinauf,
„pünktlich, Dein Signal.“

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 29