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

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.

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Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): ITA
   Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß,
   [He non nonni, nonni, he nonni!]1
   Und manche Trän' fiel in  Grabes Schoß --
[Fahr wohl, meine Taube!]2

Ihr müßt singen: «'Nunter, [hinunter!]2
Und ruft ihr ihn 'nunter.»
[O wie das Rad dazu klingt!
Es ist der falsche Verwalter, 
Der seines Herrn Tochter stahl.]2

    Denn traut lieb Fränzel ist all meine Lust.

Und kommt er nicht mehr zurück?
Und kommt er nicht mehr zurück?
Er ist Tot, o weh!
In dein Todesbett geh,
Er kommt ja nimmer zurück.

Sein Bart war so weiß wie Schnee,
Sein Haupt dem Flachse gleich:
Er ist hin, er ist hin,
Und kein Leid bringt Gewinn:
Gott helf' ihm ins Himmelreich!

J. Brahms sets stanzas 1-3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
J. Brahms sets stanzas 4-5 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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1 Brahms: "Leider, ach leider!"
2 omitted by Brahms.

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title unknown, copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2008-08-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:50
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Word count: 113