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

The brain is wider than the sky
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
The brain is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.

The brain is deeper than the sea,
For, hold them, blue to blue,
The one the other will absorb,
As sponges, buckets do.

The brain is just the weight of God,
For, lift them, pound for pound,
And they will differ, if they do,
As syllable from sound.

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Line count: 12
Word count: 72

Das Hirn ‑ ist weiter als das Zelt
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Das Hirn - ist weiter als das Zelt
des Himmel - weil - schau her! -
Eines das Andere enthält -
samt Dir - und noch viel mehr -

Das Hirn ist tiefer als das Meer -
weil - Grau an Blau - trinkt nun
das Eine ganz das And're leer -
wie's Schwämme - Kübel tun -

Das Hirn wiegt gradsoviel wie Gott -
weil - heb sie! - tagelang -
der Unterschied - wenn überhaupt -
ist Silbe nur von Sang -

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Line count: 12
Word count: 84