by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman (b. 1949)

The stony‑faced houses staring at me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The stony-faced houses staring at me 
as if with an air of myst'ry
Seemed longing to tell me legends and tales 
of holy Cologne and its hist'ry.

The winds when they blow still wake the thoughts 
of burnt books and men. Hear their moaning! 
The people sang and the church bells rang, 
a Kyrie eleison intoning.

Folly and evil had full reign like dogs 
for whom there's nothing sacred.
Today's direct descendant's the same: 
Righteous religious hatred.

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