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Some years ago I memorizedand recited a poem in German. I can only remember the last line, and several online searches were unsuccessful. Does anyone recognize this? The last line was

Ich lache mit, und sterbe.

It is probably a short poem, and a well-known one. I was in high school.

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It is a poem of Heinrich Heine:

Gedichte. Buch der Lieder. Die Heimkehr, 63.

Wer zum ersten Male liebt

Wer zum ersten Male liebt,
Sei's auch glücklos, ist ein Gott;
Aber wer zum zweiten Male
Glücklos liebt, der ist ein Narr.

Ich, ein solcher Narr, ich liebe
Wieder ohne Gegenliebe!
Sonne, Mond und Sterne lachen,
Und ich lache mit – und sterbe.

See also here p.120 and here.

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  • Apologies for accepting an answer so quickly, but this is exactly the poem. Danke!
    – nuggethead
    Jun 11, 2023 at 12:52
  • @nuggethead: there is no "more correct" answer than the correct one, so you were correct to accept.
    – bakunin
    Jun 12, 2023 at 8:57

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