by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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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Line count: 8
Word count: 49

C'è qualcosa di vuoto nel dolore
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
C'è qualcosa di vuoto nel dolore -
non ha memoria
del suo principio - o se mai fu,
senza di esso, vissuto un giorno.

Il suo futuro: sta in esso stesso -
Il suo infinito abbraccia
il suo passato, illuminato per percepire
nuovi tempi - di dolore.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-03-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 47