I asked no other thing

I asked no other thing,
No other was denied.
I offered Being for it;
The mighty merchant smiled.

 

Brazil? He twirled a button,
Without a glance my way:
“But, madam, is there nothing else
That we can show to-day?”

 

*****

 

Niczego innego nie prosiłam,
Innego nie odmówiono niczego.
Istność złożyłam w ofercie;
Kupiec się możny uśmiechnął.

 

Brazylia? Gałką pokręcił
Na mnie nawet nie spoglądając:
„Ale proszę pani, czy niczego innego
Nie możemy dzisiaj pokazać?”

 

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

For Emily Dickinson’s musing on Latin and Greek, we can compare the Greek –upo/ypo: ἰσότυπος, isotypos, shaped alike, συνυπόπτωσις, synypoptosis, simultaneous presentation to the senses, cauponarius, a male shopkeeper, tradesman, ὑποπτερνίς, upopternis, knob (a kind of a button that can twirl, in the modern use), and ὑπo, upo, below, looking a picture up and down (as Brazil on a map).

 

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