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by Georg Friedrich Daumer (1800 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Sah dem edlen Bildnis in des Auges
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Sah dem edlen Bildnis in des Auges
Allzusüßen Wunderschein,
Büßte so des eigenen Auges heitern
Schimmer ein.

Herr mein Gott, was hast du doch gebildet
Uns zu Jammer und zu Qual
Solche dunkle Sterne mit so lichtem 
Zauberstrahl!

Mich geblendet hat für alle Wonnen
Dieser Erde jene Pracht;
All umher, wo meine Blicke forschen,
Ist es Nacht.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Hungarian", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (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: 57

Hungarian
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I gazed at the noble image in her eyes'
All too sweet radiance,
Paying for it with my own eyes' 
Cheerful gleam.

O God, why have you created,
To our misery and torment,
 Such dark stars with such bright
 Magical rays?

 They have blinded me to all the wonders
 Of this earth's every splendor;
 All around me, wherever my gaze rests,
 It is night.

Authorship:

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64