by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd [banish us]1, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell [your]2 name the livelong [day]3
To an admiring bog!

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1 Bacon, G. Coates: "advertise"
2 Bacon, G. Coates: "one's
3 Bacon, G. Coates: "June"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io non sono nessuno, e tu?", copyright © 2006, (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: 44

Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?
Bist Niemand auch benannt?
Dann sind wir zwei - Verrat es nicht!
Sonst werden wir verbannt.

Wie öd als Jemand dazustehn,
Gleich einem Frosch am Ast,
Der seinen Namen predigt dem
Bewundernden Morast!

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This text was added to the website: 2006-04-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 40