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

The soul selects her own society
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts [the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude]2 no more.

Unmoved, she notes the [chariot's]2 pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.

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1 Getty: "the door,/ To her divine majority/ Present"
2 Getty: "chariots"


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Die Seele sucht sich den aus, den sie...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Die Seele sucht sich den aus, den sie will,
schließt dann das Tor,
lässt niemand mehr zum Kreise der
Erlauchten vor.

Sieht ungerührt, wie Kutschen halten
vor ihrer Tür,
sieht kühl zu, wie auf ihrer Matte
ein Kaiser kniet.

Ich weiß, sie wählt - aus vielen - einen 
schließt dann die Wahrnehmungsventile -
wie Stein. 

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-22
Line count: 12
Word count: 56