by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Louis Untermeyer (1885 - 1977)

Sie haben dir viel erzählet
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Sie haben dir viel erzählet
Und haben viel geklagt;
Doch was meine Seele gequälet;
Das haben sie nicht gesagt.

Sie machten ein großes Wesen
Und schüttelten kläglich das Haupt;
Sie nannten mich den Bösen,
Und du hast alles geglaubt.

Jedoch das Allerschlimmste,
Das haben sie nicht gewußt;
Das Schlimmste und das Dümmste,
Das trug ich geheim in der Brust.

Das Schlimmste, du Glaubensvolle,
Das Dümmste, du gläubiges Kind,
Das war die Liebe, die tolle,
Die toll mich machte und blind.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 130.

Note: the fourth stanza was not present in the first editions.

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Text added to the website: 2008-04-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-12-02 19:55:42
Line count: 16
Word count: 80

They have told you many stories
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
They have told you many stories
And made a great to-do;
But why my spirit worries
Has not been told to you.

They made a stir and pother,
Complaining and shaking the head,
"A devil!" they said to each other;
And you believed all they said.

And yet the very worst thing
They never even have guessed;
For the worst and most accurst thing,
I carry hid in my breast.




About the headline (FAQ)

Note: this translation has only three stanzas.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2009-03-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-12-02 19:57:45
Line count: 12
Word count: 70