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

Auf diesem Felsen bauen wir
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Auf diesem Felsen bauen wir
Die Kirche von dem dritten,
Dem dritten neuen Testament;
Das Leid ist ausgelitten.

Vernichtet ist das Zweierlei,
Das uns so lang betöret;
Die dumme Leiberquälerei
Hat endlich aufgehöret.

Hörst du den Gott im finstern Meer?
Mit tausend Stimmen spricht er.
Und siehst du über unserm Haupt
Die tausend Gotteslichter?

Der heilge Gott der ist im Licht
Wie in den Finsternissen;
Und Gott ist alles was da ist;
Er ist in unsern Küssen.

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Come, let us build upon this rock
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Come, let us build upon this rock,
   The Church of God's last lover,
The third New Testament's revealed,
   The agony is over.

Refuted is the second book
   That fooled us through long ages.
The stupid torture of the flesh
   Is not for modern sages.

Hear'st thou the Lord in the dark sea,
   With thousand voices speaking?
See'st thou o'er head the thousand lights
   Of God's own glory breaking?

The holy God dwells in the light,
   As in the dark abysses.
For God is everything that is:
   His breath is in our kisses.

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
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