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From fairest creatures we desire...

Language: English

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
And, tender churl, mak'st waste in niggarding:
  Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
  To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.


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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Pierre Jean Jouve (1887 - 1976) , copyright © GER ITA ; composed by Serge Baudo.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE FRE ITA ; composed by Paul Coenen.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) FRE FRE ITA ; composed by Carl Joachim Ludwig.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Alfons Wolpert (1917 - 1978) FRE FRE ITA ; composed by Franz Alfons Wolpert.
  • Also set in Serbian (Српски), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE FRE GER ITA ; composed by Tugomir Vidanović.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

Text added to the website: 2007-10-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:29

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Word count: 106

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Vom schönsten Wesen wünschen Zuwachs wir

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Vom schönsten Wesen wünschen Zuwachs wir,
Damit der Schönheit Rose bleibe ewig jung,
Und wenn der Reifre einstens schied von hier,
Sein Erb’ ihm wahre die Erinnerung.
Doch du, beschränkt auf deinen Flammenblick,
Nährst durch den eignen Brand der Flamme Gluth,
Und bringest Noth in üpp’ger Fülle Glück,
Du selbst dein eigner Feind in seltner Wuth.
Du, der jetzt frischen Schmuck der Welt verleiht,
Der einz’ge Herold von des Frühlings Reiz,
Begräbst in eigner Knospe Selbstzufriedenheit,
Und – zarter Jüngling! – du verschwendst durch Geiz.
    Der Welt erbarm’ dich, sonst schlingst du hinab,
    Was ihr gebührt, durch dich und durch dein Grab.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with William Shakespeare's sämmtliche Gedichte. Im Versmaße des Originals übersetzt von Emil Wagner, Königsberg, Verlag von J. H. Bon, 1840, page 3.

Submitted by Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 1 FRE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Michael G. Cunningham, Dennis M. Farrell, A. Oscar Haügland, Mamie Grace Leonard, Stig Gustav Schönberg, Richard Simpson, David Winkler. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

    [ None yet in the database ]

Text added to the website: 2019-05-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-10 15:34:53

Line count: 14
Word count: 102