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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


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

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Komm herbei, komm herbei, Tod

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Komm herbei, komm herbei, Tod,
Und [versenk' in]1 Cypressen den Leib;
Lass mich frei, lass mich frei, Not,
Mich [erschlägt]2 ein holdseliges Weib.
[ Mit Rosmarin mein Leichenhemd, 
O bestellt es! 
Ob Lieb' ans Herz mir tötlich kommt, 
Treu' hält es.]3

Keine Blum, keine Blum süß,
Sei gestreut auf den schwärzlichen Sarg;
[ Keine Seel', keine Seel' ]4 grüß
mein Gebein, wo die Erde es [verbarg.]5
[Um Ach und Weh zu wenden ab', 
bergt alleine
mich, wo kein Treuer wall' ans Grab
und weine.]6


Translation(s): CAT DUT FRE ITA

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1 Killmayer: "bedeck mit"; further changes may exist not noted above.
2 Petersen: "zerbrach"
3 Petersen: "Mein Leichentuch mit Tannenstreu, / O umhüllt es. / Sein Todeslos kein Mensch so treu / Erfüllt es. "
4 Loewe: " Mein Totenkleid mit Eibenblatt, o beeilt es! / Mein Todeslos, kein Treu'rer hat geteilt es."
5 Petersen: "Nicht ein Freund, nicht ein Freund"
6 Petersen: "barg"
6 Petersen: "Zu sparen tausend Ach und Weh, / Legt mich, / Wo keine treue Seel mein Grab je seh / Und weine. "
6 Loewe: " Um Ach und Weh zu wenden ab, / Laßt alleine mich ruh'n im Grab, / Kein Treuer komm' und weine."
5 Cornelius: " Um Ach und Weh zu wenden ab, / Bergt mich alleine / Da, wo kein Treuer wall' ans Grab,/ Und weine."

Submitted by Matthias Gräff-Schestag

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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 ITA NOR NOR SWE
      • 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Kom maar op, kom maar op, dood", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Jacques Jobard) , "Chant de Shakespeare", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Canzone", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-12-07.
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