Ariel Songs

Song Cycle by Michael Nyman (b. 1944)

Word count: 108

1. Come and go [sung text checked 1 time]

Before you can say, "Come" and "Go",
And breathe twice, and cry, "So, so,"
Each one, tripping on his toe,
Will be here with mop and [mow]1.
[Do you love me, master? no?]2

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1 Nyman: "arrow"
2 omitted by Nyman.

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2. While you here do snoring lie [sung text checked 1 time]

While you here do snoring lie,
Open-eyed conspiracy
  His time doth take.
If of life you keep a care,
Shake off slumber, and beware:
  Awake, awake!

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3. Full fathom five [sung text checked 1 time]

Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
[Ding-dong.]1
Hark! now I hear them, - ding-dong bell.

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lidy van Noordenburg) , "Vijf vadem diep", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy de Pourtalès)
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Bouchor)
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (David Paley) , "Voll Faden fünf", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Tuo padre giace a una profondità di cinque tese", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Andrea Maffei) , no title, first published 1869
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Arild Bakke) , "På fem favner", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 omitted by Ives.

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