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Come away, come away, death

Language: English

[Come away, come away, death]1,
  And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away, breath;
  I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
  [O prepare it!]2
My part of death, no one so true
  Did share it.

Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
  On my black coffin let there be [strown]3;
Not a friend, not a friend greet
  My poor corpse, where my bones shall be [thrown]4:
[A thousand, [thousand]5 sighs to save,]6
  Lay me, O where
[Sad]5 true lover never find my grave,
  [To weep there!]7


Translation(s): DUT DUT FIN FRE GER GER GER GER GER GER GER GER GER GER ITA NOR NOR SWE

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1 Fortner: "Death, come away, come away"
2 Dring: "Come prepare it"
3 Leguerney: "thrown"; Wilkinson: "strewn"
4 Leguerney: "strown"
5 omitted by Korngold
6 omitted by Argento.
7 Amram: "did share it." [mistake?]

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jan Jonk) , "Kom toch gauw, kom toch gauw, dood", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Paavo Cajander)
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (David Paley) , "Komm herbei, komm herbei, Tod", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Vieni, o morte", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Kom hit, kom nå hit, død", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Elegie

Language: Norwegian (Bokmål) after the English

Kom nu kun, kom nu kun, død!
Svøp meg inn i ditt sorte sørgeslør!
Fly min sjel, fly fra livets nød,
ved den deiliges grumhet jeg dør.
Min hvite drakt med buksbom på, å bered den,
en død som den, jeg lite må ingen led den.

Ingen blomst, ingen skjønn blomst
må strøs til pryd på min kistes sorte fjel;
ingen venn, ingen venn stå
ved min båre med sorgfullt farvel.
For gråt at spare bygg med flid skjult min rede,
at ingen elsker dit kan gå for at grede.


Submitted by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Twelfth Night, Act II, scene 4 DUT DUT FIN FRE GER GER GER ITA SWE GER GER GER GER GER GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Arthur N. Aldridge, R. E. H. Allport, David Werner Amram, Orsmond Anderton, Dominick Argento, Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Thomas Augustine Arne, Garth Baxter, Benjamin James Dale, Madeleine Dring, John Edmunds, Vivian Fine, Gerald Finzi, Wolfgang Fortner, John Linton Gardner, Juliana Hall, Lee Hoiby, Sven Eric Emanuel Johanson, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jacques Leguerney, Kenneth Leighton, Elizabeth Maconchy, Ernest John Moeran, Douglas Stuart Moore, Roger Quilter, Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson, as Henry Handel Richardson, Betty Roe, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Vergin, Stephen Wilkinson. 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)


Text added to the website: 2016-02-24.
Last modified: 2016-02-24 18:22:23
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