by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Zu fragmentarisch ist Welt und Leben?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Zu fragmentarisch ist Welt und Leben?
Ich will mich zum deutschen Professor begeben.
Der weiß das Leben zusammenzusetzen,
und er macht ein verständlich System daraus;
mit seinen Nachtmützen und Schlafrockfetzen
stopft er die Lücken des Weltenbaus.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The German Professor", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Palmer) , "From Die Heimkehr", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Our life and the world have too...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Our life and the world have too fragment-like grown;
To the German Professor I'll hie me anon
   Who sets in straight order all things overhurled.
He will draw up a sensible system, I think,
With his nightcap and nightgown he'll stop every chink
   In this tumble-down edifice known as the world.

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
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Word count: 51