from "Lyric Intermezzo"
Heine's trademark ploy was to start seriously, then blow
it all to smithereens with a devastatingly humorous last line. Here,
in one of my favorites, he inverts the procedure. I've had to eliminate
rhyme and rhythm in this one to keep the sense.
We felt a great deal for each other
And yet we got along most excellently.
We often played 'Man and Wife,'
And yet we never argued or fought.
Together we rejoiced, and joked,
And tenderly hugged and kissed.
Finally, in childish high spirits,
We played hide-and-seek in the woods and fields.
And we knew so much about hiding
That we never found each other again.