Er, der Herrlichste von allen
He must be the best of all

Frauenliebe und -leben Love in a Woman's Life

Chamisso

He must be the best of all,
So gentle and so kind Ė
A noble mouth, an eye thatís clear.
Determined, with a brilliant mind.

He moves, as in the heavens
Does yon star so bright,
Across my field of vision,
Remote, a wonderful, majestic sight!

Continue on your destined course Ė
To gaze upon your lightís enough,
To watch from where I standís enough
To experience utter bliss and sadness, too.

For you shall not hear the silent prayer
I devote to your happiness,
An ordinary girl, nothing to you,
You star of all thatís marvellous!

Only she whoís truly worthy
Shall be favoured by your choice.
I will bless the noble creature,
I will bless her and rejoice.

Iíll rejoice and I will weep,
Happy, happy, happy I will be,
And even if my heart should break,
Then let it break, whatís that to me!