by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Nichts Schöneres
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Als ich zuerst dich hab' gesehn,
Wie du so lieblich warst, so schön,
Da fiel's mein Lebtag mir nicht ein,
Daß noch was Schönres sollte sein,
Als in dein liebes Augenpaar
[Hinein zu schauen]1 immerdar.

Da hab' ich denn so lang' geschaut,
Bis du geworden meine Braut;
Und wieder fiel es mir nicht ein,
Daß noch was Schön'res könnte sein,
Als so an deinem rothen Mund
Sich satt zu küssen alle Stund.

Da hab' ich denn so lang' geküßt,
Bis du mein Weibchen worden bist;
Und kann nun wohl versichert sein,
Daß [gar nichts Schöneres]2 kann sein,
Als wie mit seinem lieben Weib
Zu sein so ganz ein' Seel, und Leib!

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First published in Deutscher Musenalmanach auf das Jahr 1836, page 155.
1 modern form: "Hineinzuschauen"
2 Schumann: "noch was Schönres nicht"

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

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Niets mooiers", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Nothing more lovely", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Rien de plus adorable", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Word count: 111

Nothing more lovely
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When I first beheld you,
how lovely you were, how fair,
I thought it would never happen in all my days
to see something lovelier
than your dear eyes
as I gazed into them for eternity.

I gazed at them so long,
until you became my bride;
and again I thought it would never happen
that I could see something lovelier
than your red mouth,
as I kissed them all the hour.

I kissed them so long,
until you were my wife;
and now I can be certain
that there can be nothing lovelier
than my lovely wife
in body and soul.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
Line count: 18
Word count: 102