Over hill, over dale
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire
I do wander everywhere.
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
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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)
- by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867 - 1944), "Over hill, over dale", op. 39 no. 1 (1897), from Three Shakespeare choruses, no. 1. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by John Linton Gardner (b. 1917), "Over hill, over dale", op. 181 no. 3 (1988) [counter-tenor, recorder, harpsichord, and violoncello], from Six by Four, no. 3. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Over hill, over dale", 1951 [chorus], from Three Shakespeare Songs, no. 3, partsong [ sung text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Per colline e per valli", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Per colline e per valli
Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English
Per colline e per valli,
tra rovi e boscaglie,
per siepi e per campi
fra piogge e fra lampi
io vado vagando.
Più lieve e leggero della sfera lunare
La regina delle fate io debbo servire,
Rugiada spargo sui magici cerchi nel prato.
Le primule intorno da scorta le fanno;
i loro abiti d'oro sono punteggiati
da rossi rubini, doni fatati,
vi sta racchiuso il loro profumo:
E ora perle di rugiada io vado a cercare,
orecchini a ogni primula voglio donare.
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- a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene 1. FRE
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, John Linton Gardner, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2008-10-26.
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