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Fear no more the heat of the sun (The Dirge in Cymbeline)

Language: English after the English

Fear no more the heat of the sun,
  Nor the furious winter's blast;
Thou thy worldly task has done,
  And the dream of life is past.
Golden lads and girls all must
Follow thee, and come to dust. 

Fear no more the frown of the great,
  Death does mock the tyrant foe;
Happiest is the early fate,
  Misery with time does grow.
Monarchs, sages, peasants must
Follow thee and come to dust. 

No exorciser harm thee,
No spell of witchcraft charm thee,
Grim ghost unlaid forbear thee,
The fairy elves be near thee!
Quiet consummation have,
Unremoved be thy grave.


Submitted by Athony Burton

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2 FIN FRE GER GER ITA SPA GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Barney Childs, Gordon Conrad Cyr, Gerald Finzi, Wolfgang Fortner, John Linton Gardner, Juliana Hall, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Kenneth Leighton, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Henry Hugo Pierson, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Go to the text.

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 or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, original text by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) , no title, from Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2 ITA GER FIN SPA GER by Gerald Finzi, Kenneth Leighton, Henry Hugo Pierson, Roger Quilter, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Fortner, John Linton Gardner, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Barney Childs, Gordon Conrad Cyr.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) , title unknown ENG ITA FIN SPA and by Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773 - 1853) , title unknown ENG ITA FIN SPA by Henry Hugo Pierson.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Georg Mantey , title unknown ENG ITA FIN SPA by Wolfgang Fortner.

Text added to the website: 2009-07-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:18
Line count: 18
Word count: 100

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