by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Zuweilen dünkt es mich, als trübe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
"Zuweilen dünkt es [mich]1, als trübe
Geheime Sehnsucht deinen Blick -
Ich kenn es wohl, dein Mißgeschick:
Verfehltes Leben, verfehlte Liebe!

Du nickst so traurig! Wiedergeben
Kann ich dir nicht die Jugendzeit -
Unheilbar ist dein Herzeleid: 
Verfehlte Liebe, verfehltes Leben!"

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1 Markhof: "mir"; further changes may exist not shown above.


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Amour manqué
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
« Parfois, il me semble, qu'il y a comme un trouble
De nostalgie secrète dans ton regard --
Je le connais bien, ton malheur :
Une vie manquée, un amour manqué !

Tu penches la tête si tristement ! Te rendre
Ta jeunesse, je ne le peux pas --
Incurable est ta douleur :
Une vie manquée, un amour manqué !


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Word count: 59