by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Wer zum ersten Male liebt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Wer zum ersten Male liebt,
Seis auch glücklos, ist ein Gott;
Aber wer zum zweiten Male
Glücklos liebt, der ist ein Narr.

Ich, ein solcher Narr, ich liebe
Wieder ohne Gegenliebe!
Sonne, Mond und Sterne lachen,
Und ich lache mit - und sterbe.

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Text added to the website: 2008-02-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:37
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Word count: 43

Unrequited
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
He who for the first time loves,
   E'en rejected, is a god.
He who loves a second time,
   Unrequited, is a fool.

Such a fool am I, in loving
   Once again with no return.
Sun and moon and stars are laughing;
   I am laughing too -- and dying.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2008-02-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:37
Line count: 8
Word count: 47