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Ich seh's dir an den Augen an

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich seh's dir an den Augen an,
Daß Du geweinet hast,
Ist auch die zarte Wimper frei
Von jeder Thränenlast;
Ob von dem stolzen Munde auch
Das Wort gleich Perlen rollt,
Und du des Glückes Farben malst
In eitel Sonnengold;
Und kühn dein lockig Haupt erhebst,
Als gäb' es keine Last --
Ich seh's dir an den Augen an,
Daß du geweinet hast.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johanna Ambroius, herausgegeben von Karl Schrattenthal, zweiunddreißigste Auflage, Königsberg i. Pr.: Thomas & Opermann (Ferd. Beyers Buchhandlung), 1896, page 123

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • by Berta Bock (1857 - 1945), "Ich seh's dir an den Augen an", op. 6 (Vier Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 4, published 1900 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Schuberth jun. [
     text not verified 

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "I see by your eyes", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-09-11.
Last modified: 2016-09-11 09:22:01
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

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I see by your eyes

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I see by your eyes
That you have wept,
Though your delicate lashes are free
Of every burden of tears;
Though from your proud lips as well
The words roll like pearls
And you paint the colours of happiness
In pure sun-gold;
And proudly lift your curly head
As if there were no such thing as a burden --
I see by your eyes
That you have wept.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johanna Voigt (1854 - 1939), as Johanna Ambrosius, "Ich seh's dir an den Augen an"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Berta Bock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-09-11.
Last modified: 2016-09-11 09:22:39
Line count: 12
Word count: 67