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

As imperceptibly as grief
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
As imperceptibly as grief
The Summer lapsed away --
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like Perfidy -- 

A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon --

The Dusk drew earlier in --
The morning foreign shone --
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, [that]1 would be gone --

And thus, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape
Into the Beautiful.

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  • 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
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (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: 16
Word count: 69

Aussi imperceptible qu'un Chagrin
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Aussi imperceptible qu'un Chagrin
L'Été a disparu --
Trop imperceptible à la fin
Pour ressembler à une Perfidie --

Une tranquillité se distillait
Comme si un long Crépuscule commençait
Ou si la Nature passait avec elle-même
Un Après-midi isolé.

Le Soir tombait plus tôt
Le Matin brillai en étranger
Une grâce Courtoise mais
Comme un Invité qui partirait

Et donc sans une Aile
Ou le service d'une quille
Notre Été a fait sa fuite légère
Dans la Beauté.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 76