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

How happy is the little stone
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And doesn't care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Line count: 10
Word count: 46

Come è felice il ciottolo
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Come è felice il ciottolo
che vaga solitario per la strada,
senza pensiero di carriere
o tema di bisogni;
Vestito di scuro elemento
ha messo su un universo effimero;
e, come il sole indipendente,
ad altri si accompagna o solitario splende,
obbedendo a una legge assoluta
nella semplicità più fortuita.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-07
Line count: 10
Word count: 50