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Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Language: English

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy [springs]1 a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the [woodlands]2 I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

Translation(s): FRE HEB

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1 Manton: "years"
2 Steele: "woodland"

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Patricia Dillard Eguchi) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "היפה בעצים", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2015-11-02 11:24:49
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Word count: 74

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היפה בעצים

Language: Hebrew (עברית) after the English

היפה בעצים, עכשיו עץ הדובדבן מקושט בפריחה לאורך ענפיו, ועומד לאורך המדרכה ביער לבוש לבן לכבוד הפסחא. היום, משבעים שנותיי, עשרים לא ישובו. ואם מורידים משבעים אביבים, עשרים, נותרים רק עוד חמישים. וכדי לצפות בצמחים פורחים חמישים אביבים פחות מדי. אסתובב ביערות לראות עצי הדובדבן מקושטים בשלג.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), no title, appears in A Shropshire Lad, no. 2, first published 1896 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert M. Abramson, Geoffrey Allen, David Arditti, Robert F. Baksa, Melinda Bargreen, Keith Warren Bissell, George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, Gerald Wilfred Cockshott, William W. Colson, Edward Toner Cone, Celius Dougherty, Vernon Duke, John Woods Duke, John Edmunds, Robin Field, John Linton Gardner, Gordon Getty, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, William Parks Grant, Ivor Gurney, Janet Hamilton, Muriel Emily Herbert, Constance Mills Herreshoff, Derek Holman, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Alan Leichtling, Leslie Mann, Charles Fonteyn Manney, Willy B. Manson, Robert William Manton, Christabel Marillier, Kirke Mechem, Ernest John Moeran, Charles Wilfred Orr, Graham Peel, Hugh Priestley-Smith, Humphrey Procter-Gregg, John Raynor, Hugh Stevenson Roberton, Sir, Colin Archibald Campbell Ross, Annetta Rosser, Arthur Somervell, Sir, Douglas Steele, John Ramsden Williamson, Stanley Wilson, C. Woolley. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-02-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:29
Line count: 12
Word count: 48