"I sit on one of the benches and look up at the statue of Heine."
Berlin's monument to Heine, 1954-56
Creative Commons AttributionBerlin's monument to Heine, 1954-56 - Credit: Axel Mauruszat

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (1797–1856) was a journalist, essayist, literary critic, and one of the most significant German romantic poets. He is remembered chiefly for selections of his lyric poetry, many of which were set to music in the form of lieder by German composers. Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe is the composer's best known song-cycle. The texts for the songs come from Heine's Das Buch der Lieder.

Ian Bostridge sings Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai; appropriate for a spring day in Berlin. The words translate as:

In beautiful May, when the buds sprang, love sprang up in my heart /

In beautiful May, when the birds all sang, I told you my suffering and longing.

Heine, Lyrical Intermezzo no 1