I LOVE THIS WHITE AND SLENDER BODY
by: Heinrich Heine (1799-1856)
- LOVE this
white and slender body,
- These limbs that answer Love's caresses,
- Passionate eyes, and forehead covered
- With heavy waves of thick, black tresses.
- You are the very one I've searched for
- In many lands, in every weather.
- You are my sort; you understand me;
- As equals we can talk together.
- In me you've found the man you care for.
- And, for a while, you'll richly pay me
- With kindness, kisses and endearments--
- And then, as usual, you'll betray me.
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY:
POEMS BY HEINRICH HEINE
"I Love This White and Slender
Body" is reprinted from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R.
Smith. New York: Crown Publishers, 1921.