Es War Ein Alter König Poem by Heinrich Heine

Es War Ein Alter König

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There was a king, now ageing,
With heart of lead, and head so grey.
He took a wife, the old king,
A young wife too, men say.
There was a handsome pageboy
With hair of gold, and thoughts so free:
He bore the silks with joy
That trailed behind the queen.
Do you know the ancient singing?
It rings so true: it rings so sweet!
Both had to die, of loving,
Of love that was too deep.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Terry Craddock 09 October 2020

I wrote the poem 'A Foolish Old King A Young Lustful Wife' inspired by the poem, 'Es War Ein Alter König', by the poet Heinrich Heine. Dedicated to the poet Henrich Heine.

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Terry Craddock 16 December 2016

Was it perhaps the young wife the queen and the 'handsome pageboy With hair of gold, and thoughts so free: ... That trailed behind the queen, who had to die for love's misdeeds?

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Oilibheir Álain Christie 17 November 2014

Neue Gedichte (1844) Neuer Frühling XXIX. Es war ein alter König, ?Sein Herz war schwer, sein Haupt war grau; ?Der arme alte König, ? Er nahm eine junge Frau.? Es war ein schöner Page, Blond war sein Haupt, leicht war sein Sinn; ? Er trug die seidne Schleppe ?Der jungen Königin.?? Kennst du das alte Liedchen? Es klingt so süß, es klingt so trüb! Sie mußten beyde sterben, ? Sie hatten sich viel zu lieb.

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