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

In welche soll ich mich verlieben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
In welche soll ich mich verlieben,
Da beide liebenswürdig sind?
Ein schönes Weib ist noch die Mutter,
Die Tochter ist ein schönes Kind.

Die weißen, unerfahrnen Glieder,
Sie sind so rührend anzusehn!
Doch reizend sind geniale Augen,
Die unsre Zärtlichkeit verstehn.

Es gleicht mein Herz dem grauen Freunde,
Der zwischen zwei Gebündel Heu
Nachsinnlich grübelt, welch' von beiden
Das allerbeste Futter sei.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "With which one shall I fall in love?", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-10-23
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

With which one shall I fall in love?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
With which one shall I fall in love,
Since both are lovable?
The mother is still a beautiful woman,
The daughter is a beautiful child.

White, inexperienced limbs,
It is so moving to gaze upon them!
Yet brilliant eyes that understand
Our tenderness are ravishing.

My heart is like my grey friend1,
Who, confronted with two bales of hay,
Ruminates and ponders, which of the two
Is the very best to eat.

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1 i.e., Buridan's ass


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This text was added to the website: 2013-05-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 72