by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) and sometimes misattributed to Ludwig Wilhelm Friedrich Seeger (1810 - 1864)

And will he not come again?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
And will he not come again?
And will he not come again?
No, no, he is dead:
Go to thy death-bed:
He never will come again.
His beard was as white as snow,
All flaxen was his poll:
He is gone, [he is gone,]1
And we [cast away moan]2:
God [ha']3 mercy on his soul!
[And of all Christian souls, I pray God. God be wi' ye.]4

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These words are sung by Ophelia in Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5, but they are probably not by Shakespeare.

1 omitted by White.
2 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: "moan as we're cast away"
3 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: "have"
4 omitted by White; Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Grill: "And on the souls of all good Christians, I pray God. God be with you."

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Und kommt er nimmermehr?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG
   Und kommt er nimmermehr?
    [Und kommt er nimmermehr?]1
       Er ist todt, o weh!
       In dein Totbett geh',
    Er kommt dir nimmermehr.
    Sein Bart war weiss wie Schnee,
    Sein Haupt wie Flachs dazu.
       Er ist hin, er ist hin,
       Kein Trauern bringt Gewinn:
    Mit seiner Seele Ruh'!
Und mit allen Christenseelen! darum bet' ich! --
Gott sei mit euch!

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Confirmed with Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark, übersetzt von Karl Simrock, in: William Shakspear’s[sic] sämmtliche dramatische Werke in neuen Uebersetzungen, Leipzig: Georg Wigand’s Verlag, [no year], page 687

Note: according to The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, ed. by Charles Youmans, Seeger is listed as the translator of Hamlet, but Seeger's translations are quite different. Simrock and Seeger are listed together as the translators for the ten-volume set.

1 omitted by Strauss.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-24
Line count: 12
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