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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: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:47
Line count: 16
Word count: 87

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Nach meinem Tode, Liebster

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Nach meinem Tode, Liebster,
sing keine Leisen mir;
nicht Rose noch Zypresse pflanz'
aufs Grabe mir, zur Zier:
mög grünes Gras ersprießen,
das Tau und Regen netzt;
sei's, dass du mein gedenkest,
oder vergisst zuletzt.

Werd' nicht die Schatten sehen,
verspür'n des Regens Strom;
Ich höre nicht der Nachtigall
Gesang im Klageton;
ich träum' im Dämmerlichte,
das weder steigt noch fällt,
mag mich der Welt erinnern,
mag ledig sein der Welt.

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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.


Text added to the website: 2005-12-15T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:02:16
Line count: 16
Word count: 71