by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845)
Translation © by Gianni Franceschi

Komm herbei, komm herbei, Tod
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT FRE ITA SPA
Komm herbei, komm herbei, Tod,
Und [versenk' in]1 Cypressen den Leib;
Lass mich frei, lass mich frei, Not,
Mich erschlägt ein holdseliges Weib.
[ Mit Rosmarin mein Leichenhemd, 
O bestellt es! 
Ob Lieb' ans Herz mir tötlich kommt, 
Treu' hält es.]2

Keine Blum, keine Blum süß,
Sei gestreut auf den schwärzlichen Sarg;
Keine Seel', keine Seel' grüß
mein Gebein, wo die Erde es verbarg.
Um Ach und Weh zu wenden ab', 
[bergt alleine
mich, wo kein Treuer wall' ans Grab]3
und weine.

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1 D'Alquen: "begrab'" ; Killmayer: "bedeck mit"; further changes for Killmayer's setting may exist not noted above.
2 Loewe: "Mein Totenkleid mit Eibenblatt, o beeilt es! / Mein Todeslos, kein Treu'rer hat geteilt es."
3 Cornelius: "Bergt mich alleine / Da, wo kein Treuer wall' ans Grab"; D'Alquen: "bergt alleine/ mich, wo kein Treuer komm' ans Grab" ; Loewe: "Laßt alleine mich ruh'n im Grab, / Kein Treuer komm'"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Kom maar op, kom maar op, dood", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Jacques Jobard) , "Chant de Shakespeare", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Canzone", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfonso Sebastián) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Gräff-Schestag

This text was added to the website: 2003-12-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 82

Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Vieni qui, vieni qui, morte
e sprofonda il mio corpo tra i cipressi;
lasciami libero, lasciami libero, affanno,
mi uccide una donna incantevole.
Con il rosmarino la mia veste funebre
Anche se l'amore giunge mortale al mio cuore,
serbalo fedele.

Nessun fiore, nessun dolce fiore
sia sparso sulla nera bara;
che anima viva non saluti
le mie ossa, là dove la terra le cela.
Per impedire sospiri e lamenti, 
dove nessun amante fedele 
possa giungere presso la tomba
e pianga.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-28
Line count: 17
Word count: 82