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Who is Silvia? what is she?

Language: English

Who is Silvia? what is she?
That all our Swaines commend her?
Holy, faire, and wise is she.
The heavens such grace did lend her,
That she might admired be.

Is she kinde as she is faire?
For beauty lives with kindnesse:
Love doth to her eyes repaire,
To helpe him of his blindnesse:
And being help'd, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia, let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortall thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling.
To her let us Garlands bring.

Translation(s): DUT FIN FRE GER SPA

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Confirmed with Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Published according to the True Originall Copies. London. Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623 (Facsimile from the First Folio Edition, London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly. 1876), page 33 of the Comedies.

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (L. A. J. Burgersdijk)
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kuka on Silvia?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Silvia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "¿Quién es Silvia?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-12-03 06:51:13
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Kuka on Silvia?

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the English

Kuka on Silvia? Mitä hänessä on,
kun kaikki nuoret miehet häntä ylistävät?
Hurskas, kaunis ja viisas hän on;
taivas on suonut hänelle niin paljon suloutta,
että onhan häntä ihailtava.

Onko hän yhtä lempeä  kuin kauniskin?
Kauneushan elää yhdessä lempeyden kanssa.
Rakkaus turvautuu tytön silmiiin,
auttaa miestä paranemaan sokeudestaan
ja autettuaan asuu hänessäkin.

Lauletaan siis Silvialle,
sillä Silvia on jalompi 
kuin yksikään kuolevainen,
joka tämän maaraukan pinnalla asuu:
hänelle me tuomme seppeleemme.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Song", appears in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV, Scene 2 DUT FRE GER SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Werner Amram, Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Joseph W. Baber, Mary Grant Carmichael, Peter Dickinson, Gerald Finzi, John Linton Gardner, Juliana Hall, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Sven Eric Emanuel Johanson, Juhani Komulainen, Noël Lee, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-12-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:28
Line count: 15
Word count: 71