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

Blieb ich doch ein Junggeselle!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Blieb ich doch ein Junggeselle! -
Seufzet Pluto tausendmal -
Jetzt, in meiner Ehstandsqual,
Merk ich, früher ohne Weib
War die Hölle keine Hölle.

Blieb ich doch ein Junggeselle!
Seit ich Proserpinen hab,
Wünsch ich täglich mich ins Grab!
Wenn sie keift, so hör ich kaum
Meines Zerberus Gebelle.

Stets vergeblich, stets nach Frieden
Ring ich. Hier im Schattenreich
Kein Verdammter ist mir gleich!
Ich beneide Sisyphus
Und die edlen Danaiden.

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O to be a bachelor!"
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
"O to be a bachelor!"
   Pluto now forever sighs.
   "In my marriage miseries,
   I perceive, without a wife
Hell were not a hell before.

"O to be a bachelor!
   Since my Proserpine is mine,
   Daily for my grave I pine,
   When she raileth I can hear
Barking Cerberus no more.

"My poor heart needs rest and ease,
   In the realm of shades I cry, --
   No lost soul is sad as I.
   Sisyphus I envy now,
And the fair Danaïdes.

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Text added to the website: 2008-04-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
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