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Zu fragmentarisch ist Welt und Leben?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Zu fragmentarisch ist Welt und Leben?
Ich will mich zum deutschen Professor begeben.
Der weiß das Leben zusammenzusetzen,
und er macht ein verständlich System daraus;
mit seinen Nachtmützen und Schlafrockfetzen
stopft er die Lücken des Weltenbaus.


Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The German Professor", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Palmer) , "From Die Heimkehr", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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The German Professor

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 World and life are too fragmentary?
 I will take myself to the German professor.
 He knows how to put life back together,
 and he will make an intelligible system out of it;
 with his nightcaps and his tattery nightrobe
 he will stop up the openings in the structure of the world.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 58 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Leonard Blake, Paul Dessau, Franz Xaver Gardeweg, Karl Haine, Thomas Lauck, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
Line count: 6
Word count: 52