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

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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For many thousand ages
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
For many thousand ages
The steadfast stars above
Have gazed upon each other
With ever mournful love.

They speak a certain language,
So beautiful, so grand,
Which none of the philologians
Could ever understand.

But I have learned it, learned it
For ever, by the grace
Of studying the grammar --
My heart's own darling's face.

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Text added to the website: 2006-04-05 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:18
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