by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934), as Joachim Ringelnatz
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Wir sind, sagen die Lauen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Wir sind, sagen die Lauen,
Wir sind nicht objektiv.
Wir sollten doch tiefer schauen,
Doch schauen, ob nicht tief
Am Nazitum was dran sei,
Ob Hitler nicht doch ein Mann sei.

Wir haben alles erwogen,
Wir wußten alles zuvor,
Mal hat man uns nicht betrogen,
Man machte uns nicht vor,
Daß rechts links und gerade schief sei
Und daß alles relativ sei.

Unrelative Lumpen hausen bei uns zu Haus,
Und hauen das Land in Klumpen.
Ist relativ der Graus?
Da sollen wir objektiv sein,
Wir sollen so naiv sein!

Wir kennen die einfache Wahrheit,
Wir sehen durch ein scharfes Glas.
Und unsere Lehre ist Klarheit.
Und unsere Lehre ist Haß.
Der Haß, der groß und weitsichtig ist,
Der schaffende Haß der wichtig ist.

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We are...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
We are, say the howls of protest,
We are not objective.
We should look even deeper,
Even deeper, though not deep,
At what is the Nazi regime,
Even whether Hitler is not a man.

We have considered it all,
We knew it all before,
Because we weren't fooled by it,
They didn't fool us,
That right, left and straight are distorted
And all is relative. 

Un-relative rabble vandalize our lives,
And smash things about the land.
Is such horror relative?
That we shall be objective,
Is because we are so naive!

We understand the simple truth,
We see through the broken glass.
And our lesson is clarity.
And our lesson is hate.
That hate, that is so huge and foresighted,
That created hatred that is so important.

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