by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845)

White his shroud as the mountain snow
Language: English 
White his shroud as the mountain snow,
[Larded]1 with sweet [flowers]2;
Which bewept to the [grave did go]3
With true-love [showers]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 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: "Larded all"
2 White: "flow'rs"
3 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: "ground did not go"
4 White: "show'rs"

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Sein Leichenhemd weiß wie Schnee zu sehn
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
Sein Leichenhemd weiß wie Schnee zu sehn,
Geziert mit Blumensegen,
Das still betränt zum Grab mußt gehn
Von Liebesregen.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Son linceul que l'on voit blanc comme la neige", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-07-24 11:47:10
Line count: 4
Word count: 19