by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

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

Seit ich sie verloren hab,
Schafft' ich auch das Weinen ab;
Fast 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.


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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

Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 43

Since my beloved went away
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Since my beloved went away,
I had completely forgotten how to laugh.
Many a scoundrel made a bad joke,
But I could not laugh.
Since I have lost her,
I have also given up weeping;
My heart is almost breaking with pain,
But I cannot weep.

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This text was added to the website: 2006-12-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 46