by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

A spider sewed at night
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
A spider sewed at night
Without a light
Upon an arc of white.
If ruff it was of dame
Or shroud of Gnome,
Himself, himself inform.
Of immortality
His strategy
Was physiognomy.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (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 © 2009, (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: 9
Word count: 32

Die Spinne näht' zur Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Die Spinne näht' zur Nacht
im Dunkel sacht
an weißen Kreises Pracht.
Ob Rüsche von Madame,
ob Tüll von Gnom
sich selber selbst vernahm.
Für's ew'ge Leben, sie,
als Strategie,
wählt Physiognomie.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-12
Line count: 9
Word count: 32