by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Come unto these yellow sands
Language: English 
Come unto these yellow sands,
Then take hands:
Curtsied when you have and kissed,
The wild waves whist:
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.

Hark, hark!
The watch dogs bark;
Hark, hark!
I hear the strain of strutting Chanticleer
Cry, Cock-a-diddle dow.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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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 Benjamin Laroche (1797 - 1852) , no title ; composed by Émile Guimet.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Maurice Bouchor (1855 - 1929) ; composed by Ernest Amédée Chausson.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Rocío Sanz Quirós.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 50