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When I am dead, my dearest

Language: English

When I am dead, my dearest,
  Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
  Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
  With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
  And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
  I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
  Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
  That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
  And haply may forget.

Translation(s): GER GER GER ITA WEL

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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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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Nach meinem Tode, Liebster", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canzone", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
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Gedenken ‑ Vergessen

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Wenn ich gestorben, Liebchen,
sing' nicht ein Klagelied,
setz' nich Cypressen mir zu Haupt,
noch blasser Rosen Blüth;
doch grün sei stets des Rasen,
der aug mein Gras erspriess'.
Und so du willst gedenke,
und so du willst vergiss.

Nich seh' ich mehr den Schatten
den Regen fühl' ich nicht,
noch hör ich der Nachtigall 
im trüben Dämmerlicht.
Dass nur ein holdes Träumen,
im ew'gen Schlaf erspriess';
Und du mein Herz gedenke,
und so du kannst vergiss!

From the Van der Stucken score.

Submitted by Hanne-Joost Peeters


Based on
  • a text in English by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), "Song", appears in Goblin Market and other Poems, first published 1862 ITA WEL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gilbert A. Alcock, David Arditti, Frederic Austin, Frederick Barry, Edgar Beck-Slinn, Felix Borowski, Walter Branson, Houston Bright, Alan Bullard, James Henry Baseden Butt, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, George Whitefield Chadwick, H. J. Cheney, Frederick Cliffe, Eric Coates, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alfred Redgrave Cripps, Brian Blyth Daubney, George A. Davies, Norman Dello Joio, Oliver Henry Edwards, George Selwyn English, T. Walton Gillibrand, Blanche Goode, Ralph Greaves, Richard Hageman, Juliana Hall, Edward C. Harris, Francis Hueffer, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Robert Hugill, Beroald Innes, John Ireland, John Jeffreys, Jón Þórarinsson, Gerald Kechley, Gustav Klemm, Lori Laitman, Malcolm Leonard Lawson, Rex Le Lacheur, Liza Lehmann, Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman, Alexander Campbell MacKenzie, Sir, Klaus Miehling, Raymond Earle Mitchell, Arthur Finley Nevin, Thomas Tertius Noble, O. Norman, Juan Antonio Orrego Salas, Winthrop Parkhurst, Helen Lucas Pyke, Roger Quilter, Oscar Rasbach, Hugh Stevenson Roberton, Sir, Martin Roeder, Sibyl, Alice Mary Smith, T. Wallace Southam, Evelyn Hope Squire, Halsey Stevens, Robert Still, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jack Villaume, Vally Weigl, née Pick, Joel Weiss, Arthur Battelle Whiting, Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson, Jesse M. Winne, Raymond Huntington Woodman, Davide Zannoni. 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: 2009-02-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:15
Line count: 16
Word count: 77