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Some Prescient Thoughts From the Oeuvre of 19th-Century German-Jewish Poet Heinrich Heine

Posted by westerncivisheretostay on April 19, 2010

Philip Daniel

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Wild, dark times are rumbling toward us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the ancient animal symbols of St. John will seem like cooing doves and cupids in comparison.

Lutetia; or, Paris. From the Augsberg Gazette, 12, VII (1842)

The future smells of Russian leather, of blood, of godlessness and of much whipping. I advise our grandchildren to come into the world with very thick skin on their backs.

Lutetia; or, Paris. From the Augsberg Gazette, 12, VII (1842)

2 Responses to “Some Prescient Thoughts From the Oeuvre of 19th-Century German-Jewish Poet Heinrich Heine”

  1. keefe said

    Christianity – and that is its greatest merit – has somewhat mitigated that brutal germanic love of war, but it could not destroy it. Should that subduing talisman, the cross, be shattered, the frenzied madness of the ancient warriors, that insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have spoken and sung so often, will once more burst into flame. This talisman is fragile, and the day will come when it will collapse miserably. Then the ancient stony gods will rise from the forgotten debris and rub the dust of a thousand years from their eyes, and finally Thor with his giant hammer will jump up and smash the Gothic cathedrals. (…)
    Do not smile at my advice — the advice of a dreamer who warns you against Kantians, Fichteans, and philosophers of nature. Do not smile at the visionary who anticipates the same revolution in the realm of the visible as has taken place in the spiritual. Thought precedes action as lightning precedes thunder. German thunder is of true Germanic character; it is not very nimble, but rumbles along ponderously. Yet, it will come and when you hear a crashing such as never before has been heard in the world’s history, then you know that the German thunderbolt has fallen at last. At that uproar the eagles of the air will drop dead, and lions in the remotest deserts of Africa will hide in their royal dens. A play will be performed in Germany which will make the French Revolution look like an innocent idyll.

  2. keefe said

    Mind you, Dresden kinda beat that out of them, btw.

    Or maybe not.

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