am 14.2.2003 06:23 Uhr schrieb Peter Montgomery unter
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> As I remember it, the title is the first line
> as was long the custom from 18th century on in Europe.
> Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
> Dear Gunnar and/or Nancy,
> What's the title of the poem? I've got a long out-of-print copy of some of
> Heine's poems, including "The Two Grenadiers" that Robert Schumann composed
> music for, incorperating a few bars of the (then-banned) "Marseilles" near
> the end. Gunnar, maybe you can tell me, did Heine write a poem about the
> "Mouse Tower" medieval legend? When I was a kid in the mid 60s, we were in
> Germany and I saw the famous "Mouse Tower" (on an island in the middle of
> the Rhine maybe?). The story was about a cruel bishop (?) or minor noble
> (?) who, when asked for some bread by starving peasants, told them he would
> feed them in a certain building. When they were in, he locked it and burnt
> it down, commenting that their screams sounded like mice. Immediately
> hundreds of mice went for him. He ran to his tower, but they followed and
> killed him. I don't know why I think Heine used that, but I do know that he
> wrote another poem on the Lorelei legend. Everything was so long ago, it's
> hard to remember the specifics.
> am 11.2.2003 15:10 Uhr schrieb Nancy Gish unter [log in to unmask]:
>> It's Heinrich Heine. Here is the rest:
>> Du bist wie eine Blume,
>> So hold und schon und rein;
>> Ich schau' dich an, und Wehmut
>> Schleicht mir ins Herz hinein.
> You are like a flower
> So dear and beautiful and pure
> I look at you and sadness
> Is creeping in to my heart.
>> Mir ist, als ob ich die Hände
>> Aufs Haupt dir legen sollt',
>> Betend, das Gott dich erhalte
>> So rein und schon und hold.
> I feel as though I ought to
> Lay my hands upon your head,
> Praying that God will keep you
> So pure and beautiful and dear.
The poem "Du bist wie eine Blume" is from Heinrich Heine's "Liebesgedichte
von der Schönheit der Geliebten" (Love Poems on the Beauty of the Beloved).
You have an excellent memory, the details of the Mouse Tower on a Rhine
island near Bingen are accurate. It was the cruel and stingy Mainz
Archbishop Hatto (891 - 931) who was eaten by mice.
Peter, Heine lived from 1797 to 1856. His work is frimly rooted in the 19th
century, not in the 18th.