Fear no more the heat o' the sun
Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
[As chimney-sweepers,]1 come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o' the great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finish'd joy and moan:
[All]2 lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!
Translation(s): FIN FRE GER GER GER ITA SPA
H. Pierson sets stanzas 1, 3-4
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C. Parry sets stanzas 1-3
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1 Pierson: "Follow thee, and"
2 ommitted by Pierson.
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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)
- by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 - 1968), "Come to dust" [high voice and piano], from Shakespeare Songs, Book VIII, no. 2. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Barney Childs (b. 1926), "Fear no more the heat o' the sun", 1958 [soprano, tenor, clarinet, percussion, violin, viola, and piano], from Septet for Voices (Soprano and Tenor) and Instruments, no. 2 [ sung text not verified ]
- by Gordon Conrad Cyr (1925 - 2007), "Fear no more", 1961-2, first performed 1963 [high voice and chamber orchestra], from Three Shakespeare Songs [ sung text not verified ]
- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "Fear no more the heat o' the sun", op. 18 no. 3 (1929), from Let Us Garlands Bring, no. 3. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Wolfgang Fortner (1907 - 1987), "Fear no more", 1946, published 1947 [voice and piano], from Songs nach Texten von William Shakespeare mit Klavierbegleitung, no. 9, Mainz : Schott, also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by John Linton Gardner (b. 1917), "Fear no more the heat o' the sun", op. 36 no. 4, published 1956 [mixed chorus and piano duet or small orchestra], from Seven Songs, no. 4, London : Oxford University Press [ sung text not verified ]
- by Juliana Hall , "Fear no more the heat o' th' sun", 2015, first performed 2016 [counter-tenor and piano], from O Mistress Mine -- 12 Songs for countertenor and piano on texts from plays by William Shakespeare, no. 12. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford (1910 - 1998), "Fear no more", 1986 [voice and piano], from Seven Shakespeare Songs, London : Lengnick [ sung text not verified ]
- by Kenneth Leighton (1929 - 1988), "Fear no more the heat of the sun", from 5 Shakespeare Songs, no. 1, available from the Kenneth Leighton Trust, e-mail jo (DOT) leighton (AT) blueyonder (DOT) co (DOT) uk [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir (1848 - 1918), "Fear no more the heat o' the sun", published 1906, stanzas 1-3. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Henry Hugo Pierson (1816 - 1873), "Dirge: Fear no more the heat of the sun", stanzas 1,3-4, also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "Fear no more the heat o' the sun", op. 23 no. 1 (1921), published 1921 [voice and piano], from Five Shakespeare Songs (Second Set), no. 1, London, Boosey [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Dirge for Fidele", 1922. [2 mezzo-sopranos and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
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- FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Paavo Cajander)
- FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Canto fúnebre para fídula", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation]
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