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Under the greenwood tree

Language: English

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And [turn]1 [his]2 merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

Who doth ambition shun,
And loves to live i' the sun,
Seeking the food he eats,
And pleas'd with what he gets,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

If it do come to pass
That any man turn ass,
Leaving his wealth and ease,
A stubborn will to please,
Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame:
Here shall he see
Gross fools as he,
An if he will come to me.
Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me.

Translation(s): DUT FIN FRE GER GER GER

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T. Arne sets stanza 1
I. Gurney sets stanzas 1-2
R. Quilter sets stanzas 1-2
S. Gerber sets stanzas 1-2

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1 Quilter: "tune"
2 Korngold: "the"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Mark de Vries) , "Onder het loofdak", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Paavo Cajander)
  • FRE French (Français) (François Pierre Guillaume Guizot)
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Hamann) , "Unterm Baum im Maienwald", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
Line count: 26
Word count: 125

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Unterm Baum im Maienwald

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Unterm Baum im Maienwald
wer's liebt zu lagern neben mir,
und sein heiteres Augenmerk richtet
auf des süssen Vogels Kehle
komm' näher, komm' näher, komm' näher:
Hier soll der treffen auf
keinen Feind
außer Wind und Wetter.

Wer Ehrgeiz meidet
und das Leben in der Sonne liebt,
die Nahrung suchend, die er braucht,
erfreut von dem, was er bekommt -
komm' näher, komm' näher, komm' näher:
Hier soll der treffen auf
keinen Feind --
nur Winter und schlechtes Wetter.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in As You Like It, Act II, Scene 5 DUT FIN FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Thomas Augustine Arne, Joseph W. Baber, Winifred May Bury, Mary Grant Carmichael, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Louis Crerar, Madeleine Dring, John Linton Gardner, Steven R. Gerber, Ivor Gurney, Raymond Hanson, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Herbert Norman Howells, Sven Eric Emanuel Johanson, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Kenneth Leighton, Ernest John Moeran, Douglas Stuart Moore, Olallo Morales, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Roger Quilter, Donna Gartman Schultz, Cyril Meir Scott, David Sisco, William Walton. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-08-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:27
Line count: 16
Word count: 78