Real: Naprawdę

I like a look of agony,
Because I know it’s true;
Men do not sham convulsion,
Nor simulate a throe.

 

The eyes glaze once, and that is death.
Impossible to feign
The beads upon the forehead
By homely anguish strung.

 

*****

 

Biorę przykład z agonii,
Bo wiem, że to prawda;
Człowiek nie finguje drgawką,
Ni łudzi spazmem.

 

To śmierć, raz się zaszklą oczy.
Nie do udawania
Potu perlenia na czole
Co nawleczone konaniem.

 

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

Emily Dickinson used the articles consciously. I like a look of agony (Time and Eternity, XII, Real) declines fondness: we would have the look of agony, then. I lost a world (Time and Eternity, XXXVI, Lost) does not pronounce the end of the world.

 

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