by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

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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Le monde et la vie sont trop fragmentés?
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Le monde et la vie sont trop fragmentés?
Je vais me rendre chez un professeur allemand.
Il sait réassembler la vie,
Et en faire un système compréhensible;
Avec son bonnet de nuit et les lambeaux de sa chemise de nuit
Il colmate les trous de l'édifice du monde.

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