by Franz von Kobell (1803 - 1882)
Translation by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

In the eye abides the heart
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the eye abides the heart. 
Every pure and tender feeling, 
All emotions worth revealing, 
Through the eyes their charm impart. 

Words are often clothed in guile; 
For the lips with fear may falter; 
E'en confiding smiles may alter 
Oh! believe not in a smile! 

'Tis the eye unveils the heart. 
Every pure and tender feeling, 
All emotions worth revealing, 
To the eyes their glow impart. 

If thy bosom heaves a sigh 
For a fair and cherished maiden, 
Though her voice with love be laden, 
Mark the language of her eye 

There each impulse of her soul 
Beams for thee in truth and ardor; 
There her secret passions wander, 
There remain beyond control. 

'Tis the eye unveils the heart. 
Every pure and tender feeling, 
All emotions worth revealing, 
To the eyes their glow impart.

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Researcher for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
Line count: 24
Word count: 134