Before you can say, "Come" and "Go", And breathe twice, and cry, "So, so," Each one, tripping on his toe, Will be here with mop and mow. Do you love me, master? no?
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- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1 [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 Frank Martin (1890 - 1974), "Before you can say, "Come" and "Go"", 1950, published 1968, first performed 1953 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare's Tempest, no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Peter Anthony Monk , "Come & Go", 1982, published 1982, first performed 1982 [soprano and SSAA chorus a cappella], from Ariel's Five Little Songs [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Michael Nyman (b. 1944), "Come and go", 1992, published 1992 [voice and piano], from Ariel Songs, no. 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Vieni e vai", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Andrea Maffei) , no title, first published 1869
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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