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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

The Grammar of the Stars

By Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)

Translation of Charles Harvey Genung

A THOUSAND years unmoving

The stars have stood above,

On one another gazing

With the pain of yearning love.

They speak a wondrous language

So sweet and rich and grand;

Yet none of the famous linguists

A word can understand.

But I have learned this language

Which naught from my heart can erase;

The grammar that I studied

Was my little sweetheart’s face.