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That time of year thou mayst in me...

Language: English

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
  This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
  To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

Translation(s): DUT FRE FRI ITA RUS

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (L. A. J. Burgersdijk)
  • FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title, appears in Sonnets de Shakespeare, no. 73, first published 1857
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sonnetto LXXIII", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "Сонет 73", written 1981, Sonnet 073, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-08-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
Line count: 14
Word count: 121

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Сонет 73

Language: Russian (Русский) after the English

Во мне узрел ты тот печальный срок,
Когда в ветвях желтеет лишь один
От холода трепещущий листок,
И птичий хор не слышен средь руин. 
Во мне узрел ты сумрак вечеров,
Когда за солнцем в отблеске луны
Ночь расстилает мертвенный покров
И наступает царство тишины.
Во мне узрел ты тот унылый свет,
Когда сгорает юности зола,
И пепел запорашивает след –
Костёр угас, жизнь сожжена дотла.
    Но, озирая мой остаток дней,
    Твоя любовь горит ещё сильней.

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Submitted by Dmitri Smirnov

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 73 DUT FRE FRI ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walter Aschaffenburg, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Leslie Crabtree, Elena Olegovna Firsova, Erkki Jokinen, Noël Lee, Thomas Pasatieri, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Richard Simpson, Rick Sowash. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-01-20.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:34
Line count: 14
Word count: 75