Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | May 23, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Good Fortune

by Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856).

Good Fortune

Good Fortune is a giddy maid,
Fickle and restless as a fawn;
She smoothes your hair; and then the jade
Kisses you quickly, and is gone.

But Madam Sorrow scorns all this;                             5
She shows no eagerness for flitting,
But with a long and fervent kiss
Sits by your bed-and brings her knitting.

(Transl. by Louis Untermeyer, before 1936)


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