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

Who robbed the woods
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Who robbed the woods,
The trusting woods?
The unsuspecting trees
Brought out their burrs and mosses
His fantasy to please.
He scanned their trinkets, curious,
He grasped, he bore away.
What will the solemn hemlock,
What will the fir-tree say?

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Word count: 40

Wer plünderte den Wald
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wer plünderte den Wald -
den zutraulichen Wald?
Die Bäume, ahnungslos,
lieferten Früchte, Moos
für seine Phantasie.
Voll Neugier schätzt’ er alles ein,
er nahm es mit und trug es heim.
Was sagt dazu der ernste Tann
und was die Kiefer wohl?

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-22
Line count: 9
Word count: 42