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

Come slowly, Eden!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
Come slowly, Eden!
Lips unused to thee,
Bashful, sip thy [jasmines]1,
As the fainting bee,

Reaching late his flower,
Round her chamber hums,
Counts his nectars - enters,
And is lost in balms!

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1 Hoekman: "Jessamines"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (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: 33

Komm langsam, Paradies!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Komm langsam, Paradies!
Lippen, dir neu
schlürfen deine Jasmine,
wie die Biene  - ermattend, scheu -,
die spät zur Blüte kommt,
und ihren Kelch umschwirrt,
Nektare zählt - eintaucht
und sich im Duft verliert!

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Translation of title "Apotheosis" = "Apotheose"


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Line count: 8
Word count: 34