possibly by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625) and possibly by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Julia Hamann

Orpheus with his lute made trees
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops that freeze,
Bow themselves, when he did sing:	

To his music, plants and flowers
Ever [sprung]1; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by.

In sweet music is such art:
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

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Quoted in Shakespeare's Henry VIII, Act III scene 1
1 Greene: "rose"; Blitzstein: "sprang"

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Orpheus
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Orpheus ließ mit seiner Laute
Baum und eis'ge Bergesspitzen
beugen sich, wenn er gesungen.

Auf seine Musik Pflanzen, Blumen
immer sprossen; wie Sonn' und Regen
dort ewigen Frühling schafften.

Alles, was ihn spielen hörte --
selbst Meereswogen
neigten die Kämme und glätteten sich.

Solche Kunst ist in Musik:
furchtbare Sorgen und Herzenskummer
schlafen ein oder: sterben im Hören.

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Text added to the website: 2007-08-28 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:27
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Word count: 57