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Orpheus with his lute made trees

Language: English

Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops that freeze,
Bow themselves, when he did sing:	

To his music, plants and flowers
Ever [sprung]1; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by.

In sweet music is such art:
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.


Translation(s): DUT FIN FRE GER GER GER SWE

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Quoted in Shakespeare's Henry VIII, Act III scene 1
1 Greene: "rose"; Blitzstein: "sprang"

Submitted by Ted Perry

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Orpheus

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Orpheus ließ mit seiner Laute
Baum und eis'ge Bergesspitzen
beugen sich, wenn er gesungen.

Auf seine Musik Pflanzen, Blumen
immer sprossen; wie Sonn' und Regen
dort ewigen Frühling schafften.

Alles, was ihn spielen hörte --
selbst Meereswogen
neigten die Kämme und glätteten sich.

Solche Kunst ist in Musik:
furchtbare Sorgen und Herzenskummer
schlafen ein oder: sterben im Hören.


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Based on
  • a text in English possibly by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625) DUT FIN FRE SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Marc Blitzstein, Ernst Alexander 'Sas' Bunge, Carl Reinhold Busch, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Thomas Chilcot, Virginia Gabriel, John Linton Gardner, Steven R. Gerber, Edward German, Maurice Greene, Ivor Gurney, Richard Hundley, J. Frederick Keel, Noël Lee, George Alexander MacFarren, Charles Fonteyn Manney, Thomas Pasatieri, Roger Quilter, Jason Rico, Betty Roe, Andrew Schneider, William Howard Schuman, Arthur Sullivan, Sir, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Go to the text.
  • a text in English possibly by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) DUT FIN FRE SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Marc Blitzstein, Ernst Alexander 'Sas' Bunge, Carl Reinhold Busch, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Thomas Chilcot, Virginia Gabriel, John Linton Gardner, Steven R. Gerber, Edward German, Maurice Greene, Ivor Gurney, Richard Hundley, J. Frederick Keel, Noël Lee, George Alexander MacFarren, Charles Fonteyn Manney, Thomas Pasatieri, Roger Quilter, Jason Rico, Betty Roe, Andrew Schneider, William Howard Schuman, Arthur Sullivan, Sir, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2007-08-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:27
Line count: 12
Word count: 57