by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by James Thomson (1834 - 1882)

Die Welt ist dumm, die Welt ist blind
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Die Welt ist dumm, die Welt ist blind,
Wird täglich abgeschmackter!
Sie spricht von dir, mein schönes Kind:
Du hast keinen guten Charakter.

Die Welt ist dumm, die Welt ist blind,
Und dich wird sie immer verkennen;
Sie weiß nicht, wie süß deine Küsse sind,
Und wie sie beseligend brennen.

Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 123.


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ; composed by Arturo Buzzi-Peccia.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by Maksim Antonivich Slavinsky (1868? - 1945?) ENG FRE FRE FRE ; composed by Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko.

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Die Welt ist dumm, die Welt ist blind
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The world is dull, the world is blind
  And daily grows more silly!
It says of you, my lovely child,
  You are not quite a lily.

The world is dull, the world is blind
  And judges in stupid fashion;
It knows not how sweet your kisses are
  And how they burn with passion.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2009-03-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
Line count: 8
Word count: 53