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

Good Morning ‑‑ Midnight
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Good Morning -- Midnight --
I'm coming Home --
Day -- got tired of Me --
How could I -- of Him?

Sunshine was a sweet place --
I liked to stay --
But Morn -- didn't want me -- now --
So -- Goodnight -- Day!

I can look -- can't I --
When the East is Red?
The Hills -- have a way -- then --
That puts the Heart -- abroad --

You -- are not so fair -- Midnight --
I chose -- Day --
But -- please take a little Girl --
He turned away!

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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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-05-30
Line count: 16
Word count: 73

Bonjour ‑‑ Minuit
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Bonjour -- Minuit --
Je rentre à la Maison --
Le Jour -- est fatigué de Moi --
Comment pourrais-je -- de Lui ?

L'éclat du Soleil était un endroit doux --
J'aimais y rester --
Mais le Matin -- ne me voulait pas -- maintenant --
Aussi -- Bonne nuit -- Jour !

Je peux regarder -- ne puis-je pas --
Quand l'Est est Rouge ?
Les Collines -- ont un chemin -- alors
Qui met le Cœur -- à l'étranger --

Tu -- n'est pas si belle -- Minuit
J'ai choisi -- le Jour --
Mais -- s'il te plaît emmène une petite Fille --
Il a refusé !

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 86