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

Poor little heart!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Poor little heart!
Did they forget thee?
Then dinna care! Then dinna care!

Proud little heart!
Did they forsake thee?
Be debonair! Be debonair!

Frail little heart!
I would not break thee:
Could'st credit me? Could'st credit me?

Gay little heart!
Like morning glory
Thou'll wilted be; thou'll wilted be!

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Line count: 12
Word count: 50

Trauriges Herz!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Trauriges Herz!
Vergaßen sie dich?
Ärger dich nicht! Ärger dich nicht!

Hoffärtig Herz!
Verließen sie dich!?
Hab Zuversicht! Hab Zuversicht!

Fragiles Herz!
Nie breche ich dich:
Baust du auf mich? Baust du auf mich?

Heiteres Herz!
Wie Windengewächs
welkst du dahin; welkst du dahin!

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Translation of title "Poor little heart!" = "Trauriges Herz!"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-22
Line count: 12
Word count: 44