heine – i

heinerrich heine

Sie liebten sich beide

Sie liebten sich beide, doch keiner
Wollt es dem andern gestehn;
Sie sahen sich an so feindlich,
Und wollten vor Liebe vergehn.

Sie trennten sich endlich und sahn sich
Nur noch zuweilen im Traum;
Sie waren längst gestorben,
Und wußten es selber kaum.

(They loved each other, but neither
Would admit to the other they could:
As enemies, they saw each other,
And almost died of their love.

In the end they parted and only
Saw each other sometimes in dreams:
It was long ago they had died,
But they scarcely knew it, it seems.

(Heinrich Heine)

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