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Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Die Macht der Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Überall, wohin mein Auge blicket,
Herrschet Liebe, find' ich ihre Spur;
Jedem Strauch und Blümchen auf der Flur
Hat sie tief ihr Siegel eingedrücket.

Sie erfüllt, durchglüht, verjüngt und schmücket
Stets das All der wirkenden Natur;
Erd' und Himmel, jede Kreatur
Lebt und webt durch sie, von ihr beglücket.

Blinder Knabe! muß denn alles sich
Unter deinen Rosen-Scepter schmiegen?
Ja, es athmet alles nur für dich!

Alles schlürft in taumelndem Vergnügen
Deinen Honig ein in langen Zügen!
Hast du Wermuth nur allein für mich?!

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2

Confirmed with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen. Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli. Dritter Jahrgang 1814. Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, page 38.

Note: A later version of Kalchberg's poem (see below) has a different rhythm. Mandyczewski, the editor of Schubert's first edition, who did not know Schubert's source from "Selam", used this later version of the poem to create a second stanza which would fit to the rhythm of Schubert's music (Schubert wrote only the first stanza explicitly down in his manuscript, but added the comment "dazu eine Strophe"):

Sie erfüllt, durchglüht, verjüngt und schmücket
Alles Lebende in der Natur;
Erd' und Himmel, jede Creatur,
Leben nur durch sie, von ihr beglücket.


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

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El poder de l'amor", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De macht der liefde", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The power of love", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le pouvoir de l'amour", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 84

The power of love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Everywhere, wherever my eye looks,
Love is in control, I find a trace of it;
Every shrub and little flower on the ground
Bears its stamp, etched deeply into it.

It fills up, glows through, rejuvenates and adorns
The whole of active nature, at all times:
Earth and heaven, each creature
Lives and interconnects through love, made happy by love.

Blind lad! So does everything have to
Wrap itself around your rose-sceptre?
Yes, everything breathes just for you!

In giddy delight everything sips
Your honey, taking long drafts!
Do you keep wormwood just for me?!


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This text was added to the website: 2017-07-10
Line count: 14
Word count: 95