by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Nicht lange täuschte mich das Glück
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nicht lange täuschte mich das Glück,
Das du mir zugelogen,
Dein Bild ist wie ein falscher Traum
Mir durch das Herz gezogen.

Der Morgen kam, die Sonne schien,
Der Nebel ist zerronnen;
Geendigt hatten wir schon längst,
Eh wir noch kaum begonnen.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Not long ago, I was deceived by happiness", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-11-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 42

Not long ago, I was deceived by happiness
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Not long ago, I was deceived by happiness,
Since you were lying to me,
Your image is like a false dream
That drifted through my heart.

The morning came, the sun shone,
The mist melted away;
We had already reached our end
before we had hardly started.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-06-21
Line count: 8
Word count: 47