'Tis the last rose of summer, Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone; No flow'r of her kindred, No rosebud is nigh To reflect back her blushes, Or give sigh for sigh. I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, To pine on the stem; Since the lovely are sleeping, Go, sleep thou with them; Thus kindly I scatter Thy leaves o'er [thy bed, Where]1 thy mates of the garden Lie [scentless]2 and dead. So soon may I follow, When friendships decay, And from Love's shining circle The gems drop away! When true hearts lie wither'd. And fond ones are flown, Oh! who would inhabit This bleak world alone?
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1 Britten: "the bed/ Where"
2 Britten: "senseless"
- by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852), "'Tis the last rose of summer", appears in Irish Melodies, first published 1813 [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "The last rose of summer" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Friedrich (Adolf Ferdinand) von Flotow (1812 - 1883), "'Tis the last rose of summer" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Adolph Martin Foerster (1854 - 1927), "'Tis the last rose of summer", op. 64 (Garland of Songs), Heft 1 no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Richard Lalli , "The last rose of summer" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Havelock Nelson (1917 - 1996), "The last rose of summer", published 1964 [ SSA chorus and piano ], London: Elkin [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Andrew Stevenson (1761 - 1833), "'Tis the last rose of summer" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate (1911 - 1987), "The last rose of summer", published 1964 [ SATB chorus and piano ], London: Oxford University Press [sung text not yet checked]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in French (Français), a translation by Auguste Louis Charles de Messence, comte de La Garde-Chambonas (1783 - 1853?) [an adaptation] ; composed by Giulio Alary.
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Sophie von Reinhardt, Gräfin ; composed by Emilie Zumsteeg.
- Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Karl Alfred Melin (1849 - 1919) ; composed by Emil Sjögren.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Guy Tops) , "’t Is de laatste roos van de zomer", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "C'est la dernière rose de l'été", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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