by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

I robbed the Woods
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I robbed the Woods --
The trusting Woods.
The unsuspecting Trees
Brought out their Burs and mosses
My fantasy to please.
I scanned their trinkets curious -- 
I grasped -- I bore away --
What will the solemn Hemlock --
What will the Oak tree say?


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Set in a modified version by Robert F. Baksa.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-09
Line count: 9
Word count: 41

Je dévalisais les Bois
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Je dévalisais les Bois --
Les Bois confiants --
Les Arbres qui ne se méfient pas
Apportaient leurs Bogues et leurs mousses
Pour plaire à ma fantaisie --
J'examinais leurs curieux bibelots --
Je saisissais -- j'emportais --
Que dira le Sapin solennel --
Que dira le Chêne ?

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-09
Line count: 9
Word count: 42