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

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

Come un dolore, impercettibilmente
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Come un dolore, impercettibilmente,
scivolava via l'estate --
Troppo impercettibile, alla fine,
per somigliare a Perfidia --

Una quiete emanava
come un lungo crepuscolo,
o come la Natura che passa il suo tempo
in un pomeriggio appartato --

Il buio era disceso più rapido --
splendeva straniero il mattino --
Con la grazia cortese, ma dolente,
di un ospite che si accinge a partire --

E pure, senza spinta di ali
o strumento di chiglia
La nostra estate fuggì via, lieve,
nella Bellezza.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-10
Line count: 16
Word count: 77