WHY THE ROSES ARE SO PALE
by: Heinrich Heine (1799-1856)
canst thou tell me why
- The rose should be so pale?
- And why the azure violet
- Should wither in the vale?
- And why the lark should in the cloud
- So sorrowfully sing?
- And why from loveliest balsam-buds
- A scent of death should spring?
- And why the sun upon the mead
- So chillingly should frown?
- And why the earth should, like a grave,
- Be moldering and brown?
- And why it is that I myself
- So languishing should be?
- And why it is, my heart of hearts,
- That thou forsakest me?
POEMS BY HEINRICH HEINE
This English translation of "Why
the Roses are so Pale" was composed by Richard Garnett (1835-1906).