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The silver swan who, living, had no note

Language: English

The silver swan who, living, had no note,
when death approached, unlocked her silent throat.

Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
thus sung her first and last, and sung no more:

"Farewell all joys, O death come close [mine]1 eyes.
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise."


Translation(s): FRE GER

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1 Bachlund, Baxter, Rorem: "my"

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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) (Dwain Richardson) , "Le cygne argenté", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , "Der Silberschwan", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2017-10-22 15:34:38

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Der Silberschwan

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Der Silberschwan, der lebend nie gesungen,
entlockte sterbend seiner Kehle einen Laut.

Die Brust sank in das Schilf am Ufer -
So sang zum ersten Mal er und nie mehr:

Lebt wohl, ihr Freuden, Tod, oh komm und schließe meine Augen;
Mehr Gänse gibt es jetzt als Schwäne, mehr Narren auf der Welt als Weise.


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Based on
  • a text in English by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist, "The silver swan", first published 1612 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Martin Amlin, Gary Bachlund, Garth Baxter, Orlando Gibbons, Ned Rorem, Eric Harding Thiman. Go to the text.
  • a text in English possibly by Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625) FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Martin Amlin, Gary Bachlund, Garth Baxter, Orlando Gibbons, Ned Rorem, Eric Harding Thiman. Go to the text.
  • a text in English misattributed to Thomas Morley (1557 - 1602) FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Martin Amlin, Gary Bachlund, Garth Baxter, Orlando Gibbons, Ned Rorem, Eric Harding Thiman. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:19

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