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

Will there really be a morning?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Will there really be a morning?
Is there such a thing as day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like water-lilies?
Has it feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!
Oh, some wise man from the skies!
Please to tell a little pilgrim
Where the place called morning lies!

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (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: 12
Word count: 75

Y aura‑t‑il vraiment un "matin" ?
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Y aura-t-il vraiment un "matin" ?
Y-a-t-il quelque chose comme un "Jour" ?
Pourrais-je le voir depuis les montagnes
Si j'étais aussi grande qu'elles ?

A-t-il des pieds comme des Nénuphars ?
A-t-il des plumes comme un Oiseau ?
L'a-t-on apporté de pays renommés
Dont je n'ai jamais entendu parler ?

Oh, un Érudit ! Oh, un Marin !
Oh, un Homme Sage venu des cieux !
S'il vous plaît, dites à une petite Pèlerine
Où l'endroit nommé "matin" se situe !

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Translation of title "Will there really be a morning" = "Y aura-t-il vraiment un matin ?"


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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 82