by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Maurice Bouchor (1855 - 1929)

Full fathom five thy father lies
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FIN FRE GER IRI ITA NOR
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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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Guy de Pourtalès (1881 - 1941) ; composed by Arthur Honegger.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Maurice Bouchor (1855 - 1929) ; composed by Ernest Amédée Chausson.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) , no title ; composed by Wilhelm Killmayer.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), adapted by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Rocío Sanz Quirós.

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

  • 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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Word count: 49

Ton père gît à cinq brasses profondes...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ton père gît à cinq brasses profondes sous les calmes eaux.
Il gît, et ses os deviennent corail au baiser des ondes.
Ce sont deux perles que ses yeux;
Il n'est rien de lui que la mer ne change
En une fleur étrange, un joyau merveilleux.
La vague le pleure ; 
Les nymphes des eaux sonnent d'heure en heure son glas.
Ecoutez ! L'air frissonne,
J'entends là-bas la voix des cloches. Sonne, sonne le glas.

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