by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation Singable translation possibly by Montague Fawcett Phillips (1885 - 1969)

Es stehen unbeweglich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Es stehen unbeweglich
die Sterne in ihrer Höh',
viel tausend Jahr, und schauen
sich an mit Liebesweh.

Sie sprechen eine Sprache,
die ist so reich, so schön;
doch keiner der Philologen
kann diese Sprache verstehn.

Ich aber hab sie gelernet,
und ich vergesse sie nicht;
mir diente als Grammatik
der Herzallerliebsten Gesicht.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 116.


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The stars
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
For a thousand years the stars
Stay quiet in the skies,
And ever at each other gaze
With wistful loving eyes.

The words they speak together
Are beautiful and grand,
Yet not the wisest scholar
Their speech may understand.

But I have read and learnt it,
And know it evermore,
The face of my belovèd
Reveal'd to me their lore.

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
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Word count: 60