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

Pain — has an Element of Blank —
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER GER ITA
Pain — has an Element of Blank —
It cannot recollect
When it begun — or if there were
A time when it was not —

It has no Future — but itself —
Its Infinite realms contain
Its Past — enlightened to perceive
New Periods — of Pain. 

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2011, (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: 8
Word count: 49

Der Schmerz ‑‑ hat Leere viel in sich
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Der Schmerz -- hat Leere viel in sich --
kein Rückerinnern sagt
wann er begann -- noch ob er je
nicht gegenwärtig war --

Sein' Zukunft ist allein -- sein Sein --
des endlos' Reich enthält
was war -- damit es offenbar'
zukünft'ge -- Schmerzenswelt --

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 37