by Bernhard Ambros Ehrlich (1765? - 1827)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

All mein Wirken, all mein Leben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
All mein Wirken, all mein Leben,
Strebt nach dir Verehrte hin!
Alle meine Sinne weben
Mir dein Bild o Zauberinn!
Du entflammest meinen Busen
Zu der Leyer Harmonie,
Du begeisterst mehr als Musen
Und entzückest mehr als sie. - -
Ach dein blaues Auge strahlet
Durch den Sturm der Seele mild,
Und dein süßes Lächeln mahlet
Rosig mir der Zukunft Bild.
Herrlich schmückt des Himmels Gränzen
Zwar [Aurorens]1 Purpurlicht,
Aber lieblicheres Glänzen
Uiberdeckt dein Angesicht,
Wenn mit wonnetrunknen Blicken
Ach! und unaussprechlich schön,
Meine Augen voll Entzücken
Purpurn dich erröthen sehn.

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Confirmed with Erstlinge unserer einsamen Stunden von einer Gesellschaft, Zweytes Bändchen. Prag, gedruckt bey Johann Diesbach, 1792, page 25. Note: this source shows no stanza breaks.

1 Schubert: "Aurora's"


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 © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Toen ik haar zag blozen", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "When I saw her blush", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Quand je la vis rougir", copyright © 2010, (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: 20
Word count: 91

When I saw her blush
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 All my efforts, all my life
 strives after you, admired one!
 All my senses weave
 for me your image, o magic one!
 You inflame my bosom
 to the harmonies of the lyre,
 you inspire more than the muses
 and delight me more than they!
 Ah, your blue eye radiates mildly
 through the storm of my soul,
 and your sweet smile paints
 a rosy future image for me.
 Magnificently adorned are the limits of heaven
 with Aurora's purple light,
 but a lovelier shine
 covers your face,
 when with blissful, intoxicated glances
 ah, and unspeakably fair,
 my eyes, full of delight,
 see you blush with a purple tinge.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 107