by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by John Todhunter (1839 - 1916)

Die Erde war so lange geizig
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Die Erde war so lange geizig,
Da kam der Mai, und sie ward spendabel,
Und alles lacht, und jauchzt, und freut sich,
Ich aber bin nicht zu lachen kapabel.

Die Blumen sprießen, die Glöcklein schallen,
Die Vögel sprechen wie in der Fabel;
Mir aber will das Gespräch nicht gefallen,
Ich finde alles miserabel.

Das Menschenvolk mich ennuyieret,
Sogar der Freund, der sonst passabel; -
Das kömmt, weil man Madame titulieret
Mein süßes Liebchen, so süß und aimabel.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 133.


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Last modified: 2016-12-02 20:26:38
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Till May came Earth was quite penurious
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Till May came Earth was quite penurious,
And then grew lavishly charitable,
Now all things laugh in a joy delirous,
I too would laugh, were I only able.

The flowers blossom, the bells are pealing,
The birds all speak as they do in fable;
To me their speech brings no pleasant feeling,
I still find all things miserable.

They bore me, all the race of Adam,
Ay, even my friend, once quite tolerable;--
And all because they address as 'Madam'
My sweetheart, so sweet and so amiable.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2009-03-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:01
Line count: 12
Word count: 87