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

I never saw a moor
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (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) , "Mai vidi una brughiera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Word count: 45

Ich sah noch nie ein Moor
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ich sah noch nie ein Moor -
ich sah noch nie das Meer -
doch weiß ich, wie die Heiden blühn
und Wellen ziehn einher.

Ich sprach noch nie mit Gott,
sah nie die Himmelsstätte -
doch kenn so gut ich diesen Punkt
als ob ich Karten hätte.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 48