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

Angels, in the early morning
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Angels, in the early morning
May be seen the Dews among,
Stooping — plucking — smiling — flying —
Do the Buds to them belong?

Angels, when the sun is hottest
May be seen the sands among,
Stooping — plucking — sighing — flying —
Parched the flowers they bear along.

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Confirmed with Dickinson, Emily, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, part two: Nature, LXIX. Boston: Little, Brown, 1924


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-02
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Word count: 51

In der ersten Morgenstunde
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
In der ersten Morgenstunde -
Engel sich im Frühtau zeigen
bückend, pflückend, lächelnd, schwebend:
Sind die Knospen wohl ihr eigen?

In der Glut der Mittagssonne -
Engel überm Erdreich walten
bückend, pflückend, seufzend, schwebend:     
dorr die Blumen, die sie halten.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-05-09
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Word count: 40