by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

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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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 36

The German Professor
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 World and life are too fragmentary?
 I will take myself to the German professor.
 He knows how to put life back together,
 and he will make an intelligible system out of it;
 with his nightcaps and his tattery nightrobe
 he will stop up the openings in the structure of the world.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 52