by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Seit die Liebste war entfernt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Seit die Liebste [war]1 entfernt,
[Hatt']2 ich's Lachen ganz verlernt.
Schlechten Witz [riß]3 mancher Wicht,
Aber lachen konnt' ich nicht.

Seit ich sie verloren hab,
Schafft' ich auch das Weinen ab;
[Fast]4 vor Weh das Herz mir bricht,
Aber weinen kann ich nicht.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 139.

1 Lang: "mir"
2 Allitsen: "Hätt'", Lang: "Hab' "
3 Lang: "trieb"
4 Lang (1851 setting only): "Oft"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Since my beloved went away", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 35, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Depuis que ma bien‑aimée est partie
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Depuis que ma bien-aimée est partie
J'ai complètement perdu le goût de rire.
Les freluquets firent de mauvaises plaisanteries
Mais je ne pouvais pas rire.

Depuis que je l'ai perdue ,
J'ai également cessé de pleurer ;
La douleur m'a [quasiment]1 brisé le cœur,
Mais je ne peux pas rire.

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1 Lang (1851 ): "souvent"


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