by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Peter Palmer

Solche Bücher läßt du drucken!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Solche Bücher läßt du drucken!
Teurer Freund, du bist verloren!
Willst du Geld und Ehre haben,
Mußt du dich gehörig ducken.

Nimmer hätt ich dir geraten,
So zu sprechen vor dem Volke,
So zu sprechen von den Pfaffen
Und von hohen Potentaten!

Teurer Freund, du bist verloren!
Fürsten haben lange Arme,
Pfaffen haben lange Zungen,
Und das Volk hat lange Ohren!

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  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Palmer) , title 1: "Warning", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Fancy printing such opinions!
Dearest friend, it spells disaster!
Fame and riches come to those who
Touch their forelocks, act like minions.

Never should a man of letters
Thus enlighten all the people,
Tell the world about the clergy
And about our lofty betters!

Dearest friend, it spells disaster!
Princes have long arms to seize you,
Parsons have long tongues to damn you,
And the world obeys its master!

Note: this is a revised American version of the one published with the David Blake setting.


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Peter Palmer, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 69