by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

How the Waters closed above Him
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER ITA
How the Waters closed above Him
We shall never know --
How He stretched His Anguish to us
That -- is covered too --

Spreads the Pond Her Base of Lilies
Bold above the Boy
Whose unclaimed Hat and Jacket
Sum the History --

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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Comment les Eaux se sont fermées sur Lui", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Word count: 40

Comment les Eaux se sont fermées sur Lui
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Comment les Eaux se sont fermées sur Lui
Nous ne le saurons jamais --
Comment Il a étendu Son anxiété sur nous
Cela -- est aussi dissimulé --

La mare étend Sa couverture de Nénuphars
Fièrement au-dessus du Garçon
Dont le Chapeau et la Veste non réclamés
Racontent l'Histoire --


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Text added to the website: 2012-10-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:04
Line count: 8
Word count: 46