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When daisies pied and violets blue

Language: English

When daisies pied and violets blue
 [And lady-smocks all silver white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue,]1
  Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo, then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,
  Cuckoo,
Cuckoo, cuckoo: o word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
  And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
[When]2 turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
  And maidens bleach their summer [smocks]3,
The cuckoo, then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,
  Cuckoo,
Cuckoo, cuckoo: o word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.


Translation(s): FIN FRE FRE GER GER GER GER NOR

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1 Stravinsky: reversed.
2 Arne: "And"
3 Arne: "frocks"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kevät", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (François-Victor Hugo)
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Lied. Der Frühling", first published 1870
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Arild Bakke) , "Når spraglet tusenfryd", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Word count: 97

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Lied. Der Frühling

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Wann silberweiß Maßliebchen fein
Und Primeln zart und Veilchen blau
Und gelbe Kukuksblümelein
Gar lustig färben Wies' und Au,
Des Kukuks Lied im Wald erklingt
Und neckt die Männer, denn er singt:
       Kukuk!
Kukuk, Kukuk! o böser Laut,
Davor vermählten Ohren graut!
 
Wann auf dem Rohr der Hirt schalmeit,
Wann Lerchenschlag den Pflüger weckt,
Wann Gretel bleicht ihr Sommerkleid,
Wann Täubchen, Kräh' und Dohle heckt,
Des Kukuks Lied im Wald erklingt
Und neckt die Männer, denn er singt:
       Kukuk!
Kukuk, Kukuk! o böser Laut,
Davor vermählten Ohren graut!


William Shakespeare. Dramatische Werke, Volume 2, p. 109. The name of the translator is unclear; it may be any one of the following: Friedrich Bodenstedt, Nicolaus Delius, Otto Gildemeister, Georg Herwegh, Paul Heyse, Hermann Kurz, Adolf Wilbrandt

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), appears in Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, Scene 2 FIN FRE FRE NOR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Thomas Augustine Arne, Alan Bullard, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Madeleine Dring, John Edmunds, Gerald Finzi, Wolfgang Fortner, John Linton Gardner, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, John Jeffreys, J. Frederick Keel, George Alexander MacFarren, Ernest John Moeran, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24
Line count: 18
Word count: 88