by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

When daisies pied and violets blue
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FIN FRE NOR
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.

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

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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)


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Wilhelm Petersen.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation ; composed by Jan Karol Gall.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Georg Mantey ; composed by Wolfgang Fortner.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) ; composed by Harald Genzmer.

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

  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kevät", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo)
  • FRE French (Français) (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

Quand les pâquerettes diaprées et les...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Quand les pâquerettes diaprées et les violettes bleues
Et les cressons argentés
Et les primevères de couleur jaune
Émaillent de leurs grâces les prés,
Le coucou alors, d’arbre en arbre,
Se moque des maris, car il chante :
Coucou !
CoucouI Coucou !… Ô mot sinistre,
Malsonnant à une oreille mariée !

Quand les bergers embouchent les chalumeaux d’avoine
Et que les gaies alouettes servent d’horloges aux laboureurs,
Quand s’accouplent les tourterelles, les grolles et les corneilles
Et que les filles blanchissent leurs jupes au soleil
Le coucou alors, d’arbre en arbre,
Se moque des maris, car il chante :
Coucou !
Coucou ! Coucou !…  Ô mot sinistre,
Malsonnant à une oreille mariée !

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Text added to the website: 2015-07-27 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-07-27 16:09:35
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Word count: 115