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Come, O come, my life's delight! Let me not in languor pine: Love loves no delay, thy sight The more enjoyed, the more divine. O come, and take from me The pain of being deprived of thee. Thou all sweetness dost enclose, Like a little world of bliss: Beauty guards thy looks: the rose In them pure and eternal is. Come then! and make thy flight As swift to me as heavenly light!
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- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620), first published 1617 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620), "Come, O come, my life's delight", published 1617, from the collection The Third and Fourth Booke of Ayres - The Third Booke, no. 11. [text verified 1 time]
- by Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979), "Come, o come, my life's delight", 1911-12? [SATB chorus] [text not verified]
- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "Come, O come my life's delight", published 1922. [text verified 1 time]
- by Brian Holmes (b. 1946), "Come, O come, my life's delight", from Six Ayres, no. 5. [text not verified]
- by William Martin Yeates Hurlstone (1876 - 1906), "Come, my life's delight", 1900, published 1902 [baritone and piano], from Four Songs [for baritone], no. 3, London, Edwin Ashdown [text not verified]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "My life's delight", op. 12 no. 2 (1907), published 1908 [voice and piano], from Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, no. 2, London, Boosey [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Viens, oh viens, délice de ma vie", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Viens, oh viens, délice de ma vie ! Ne me laisse pas dépérir dans la langueur : L'amour n'aime aucun retard, ta vue La plus appréciée, la plus divine. Oh viens, et prends-moi La douleur d'être privée de toi. Tu renfermes toute la douceur, Comme un petit monde de bonheur : La beauté garde tes regards : la rose En eux est pure et éternelle. Viens alors ! et rends ton vol Aussi doux pour moi que la lumière céleste !
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2015 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2015-08-29
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