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

The heart asks pleasure ‑ first
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER
The heart asks pleasure - first,
And then excuse from pain.
And then those little anodynes
That deaden suffering.

And then, to go to sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le Cœur réclame le Plaisir - d'abord", copyright © 2009, (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 © 2014, (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: 40

Das Herz will erst die Freud'
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Das Herz will erst die Freud',
und Ausflucht dann vom Schmerz;
Tabletten dann, die gegen Leid
Abstumpfen jedes Herz.

Und dann nur schlafen still,
Und dann, in seiner Not
Und wenn es sein Befrager will,
Das Privileg zum Tod.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 39