by Alfred Kerr (1867 - 1948)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Künstler sind die Schöpfer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Die Künstler sind die Schöpfer,
Ihr Unglück sind die Schröpfer.
Wer trampelt durch den Künstlerbau
Als wie der Ochs von Lerchenau?
Wer stellt das Netz als Jäger?
Wer ist der Geldsackpfleger?
Wer ist der Zankerreger?
Und der Bazillenträger?
Der biedere, der freundliche,
Der treffliche, der edle Verleger.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Les artistes sont les créateurs", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Fletzberger

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 47

Artists are the creators
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Artists are the creators,
Their misfortune is those who fleece them.
Who tramples through a work of art
[Like a bull in a china shop?]1
Who as a hunter sets up nets?
Who is man who guards the moneybags?
[Who incites quarrels?]2
And [who is] a carrier of bacteria?
The worthy, the friendly,
The splendid, the noble publisher.

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1Literally, “the Ox of Lerchenau.” Der Ox von Lerchenau was the original title for Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier.
2The word “Erreger” can mean someone who incites something, but it can also mean “pathogen”, which ties in nicely to the next line of the poem.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-09-13
Line count: 10
Word count: 58