by Karl Friedrich Henckell (1864 - 1929)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Liebeshymnus
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Heil jenem Tag, der dich geboren,
heil ihm, da ich zuerst dich sah!
In deiner Augen Glanz verloren
steh' ich, ein sel'ger Träumer, da.

Mir scheint der Himmel aufzugehn,
den ich von ferne nur geahnt,
und eine Sonne darf ich sehn,
daran die Sehnsucht nur gemahnt.

Wie schön mein Bild in diesem Blicke!
In diesem Blick mein Glück wie groß!
Und flehend ruf' ich zum Geschicke:
O weile, weile, wandellos!

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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) , "Himne a l’amor", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Liefdeshymne", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Hymn of love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hymne d'amour", copyright © 2013, (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

Hymn of love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Happy was the day you were born -
 happy was the day I first saw you!
 Lost in the radiance of your eyes,
 I stand, a blissful dreamer.
 
 Heaven seems to open to me,
 yet I only sense it from afar,
 and I am permitted to gaze upon the sun,
 something my yearning only ever imagined.
 
 How wonderful it is to see my reflection in your eyes!
 In your gaze, how great is my happiness!
 And I call to my fate imploringly:
 "Oh tarry, remain unchanging!"

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  • 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: 87