by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Das Meer ist für die Fischer auf der...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Das Meer ist für die Fischer auf der Welt,
Die Berge für die Jäger hingestellt,
Das Fegefeu'r, die Sünden auszufegen,
Die Lieb' erfand man der Verliebten wegen
Die Buden sind für Krämervolk gemacht,
Die Fenster für ein Stelldichein bei Nacht.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 8.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Bruno W. Häuptli , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2004-03-29
Line count: 6
Word count: 40

The ocean is for the fishers upon the...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The ocean is for the fishers upon the earth,
The mountains have been placed there for the hunters,
Purgatory, in order to sweep out sins,
Love was discovered because of those who were in love,
Guilds were made for the shopkeepers,
Windows for a rendezvous by night.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translated titles:
"Wofür" = "Wherefore"
"Wahre Bestimmung" = "True Purpose"


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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-11
Line count: 6
Word count: 47