by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by David Kenneth Smith

Ich hab' in deinem Auge den Strahl
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
Ich hab' in deinem Auge den Strahl 
Der ewigen Liebe gesehen, 
Ich sah auf deinen Wangen einmal 
Die Rosen des Himmels [stehen]1.

Und wie der Strahl im Aug' erlischt,
Und wie die Rosen zerstieben,
Ihr Abglanz, ewig neu erfrischt,
Ist mir im Herzen geblieben.

Und niemals werd' ich die Wangen sehn 
Und nie in's Auge dir blicken,
So werden sie mir in Rosen stehn
Und es den Strahl mir schicken.

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1 C. Schumann: "stehn"

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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) , "En els teus ulls ", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ik zag ooit in jouw ogen", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Kenneth Smith) , "I once into your eyes looked", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In your eyes I have seen", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans tes yeux je vois", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 70

I once into your eyes looked
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I once into your eyes looked,
the flash of unfading love I beheld there,
I once upon your cheeks saw
the bloom of roses from heaven fair.

And though the flash of eye may fade
and though the roses may wither,
their splendor ever new refreshed,
is how my heart will remember.

And never will I behold your cheeks
and in your eyes ne'er be gazing,
without those roses that I saw bloom
and with that flash be blazing.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 79