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

So bashful when I spied her
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
So bashful when I spied her,
So pretty, so ashamed!
So hidden in her leaflets,
Lest anybody find;

So breathless till I passed her,
So helpless when I turned
And bore her, struggling, blushing,
Her simple haunts beyond!

For whom I robbed the dingle,
For whom betrayed the dell,
Many will doubtless ask me,
But I shall never tell!

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Line count: 12
Word count: 59

So scheu, als ich sie wahrnahm
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
So scheu, als ich sie wahrnahm,
so schamvoll und so lind!
Im Blattwerk so verborgen,
damit sie niemand find’.

Im Schock, als ich vorbeiging,
hilflos, als ich kehrt’ um,
sie wegtrug, zappelnd, schamrot,
aus ihrem Lebensraum!

Für wen ich stahl im Waldtal,
für wen ich es verriet,
wohl fragt man mich dies einmal -,
doch ich teil’s niemand mit.

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Translation of title "So bashful" = "So scheu"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 59