by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

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"


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

In your eyes I have seen
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In your eyes I have seen
The beam of eternal love,
I once saw upon your cheeks
The roses of heaven.

And as the beam in your eyes fades,
And as the roses scatter,
Their reflection, ever refreshed anew,
Has remained within my heart.

And I shall never see your cheeks
And never look into your eyes,
But that [your cheeks] will be full of roses for me,
And [your eyes] will be sending me the beam of love.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2020 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-22
Line count: 12
Word count: 79