by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

A light exists in Spring
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER ITA
A light exists in Spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here

A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human nature feels.

It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.

Then, as horizons step,
Or noons report away,
Without the formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay:

A quality of loss
Affecting our content,
As trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a sacrament.

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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Esiste una luce in primavera", 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: 20
Word count: 88

Esiste una luce in primavera
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Esiste una luce in primavera
che l'anno non conosce
in ogni altra stagione.
Quando è appena arrivato marzo

c'è un colore all'aperto
su solitarie colline
che la scienza non coglie
ma che l'umana natura avverte.

Sta in attesa sul prato;
rivela l'albero più remoto
sul più remoto pendio che conosci;
e quasi ti parla.

Poi, quando avanzano gli orizzonti,
o i meriggi si annunciano intensi,
senza formalità di suono,
svanisce, e noi rimaniamo:

una sensazione di perdita
intacca la nostra esultanza,
come un vile commercio che, all'improvviso,
contamini un Sacramento.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-19
Line count: 20
Word count: 90