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

Mensch, verspotte nicht den Teufel
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Mensch, verspotte nicht den Teufel,
Kurz ist ja die Lebensbahn,
Und die ewige Verdammnis
Ist kein bloßer Pöbelwahn.
Mensch, bezahle deine Schulden,
Lang ist ja die Lebensbahn,
Und du mußt noch manchmal borgen,
Wie du es so oft getan.

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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, Berlin, A. Warschauers Verlag, 1827, page 102. Note: it is number 38 in this edition, but 36 in later editions.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Homme, ne te moque pas du diable", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Homme, ne te moque pas du diable
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Homme, ne te moque pas du diable,
La route de la vie est bien courte,
Et une damnation éternelle
N'est pas une simple illusion populaire.

Homme, paie tes dettes,
La route de la vie est bien longue,
Et tu devras encore parfois emprunter,
Comme tu l'as si souvent fait.


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