by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

They bore him barefaced on the bier
Language: English 
They bore him barefaced on the bier;
Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny;
And in his grave rain'd many a tear:--
[Fare you well, my dove!]1

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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 Castelnuovo-Tedesco.


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

  • by Kim Borg (1919 - 2000), "They bore him barefaced on the bier ", op. 16 no. 3 (1974), published 1977, orchestrated 1981 [ soprano, flute, and viola ], from Ophelia Sings, no. 3, Copenhagen, Engstrøm & Sødring [sung text not yet checked]

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Text added to the website: 2005-12-28 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-07-24 13:28:49
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