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Before you can say, "Come" and "Go", And breathe twice, and cry, "So, so," Each one, tripping on his toe, Will be here with mop and [mow]1. [Do you love me, master? no?]2
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1 Nyman: "arrow"
2 omitted by Nyman.
- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Frank Martin (1890 - 1974), "Before you can say, "Come" and "Go"", 1950, published 1968, first performed 1953 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare's Tempest, no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Peter Anthony Monk , "Come & Go", 1982, published 1982, first performed 1982 [soprano and SSAA chorus a cappella], from Ariel's Five Little Songs [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Michael Nyman (b. 1944), "Come and go", 1992, published 1992 [voice and piano], from Ariel Songs, no. 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Vieni e vai", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Andrea Maffei) , no title, first published 1869
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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Prima che dire possiate, "Vai" e "vieni qui", E, sospirando due volte, diciate "così" e "così", ognuno di noi, con passo leggero, fra smorfie e [boccacce]1 sarà subito qui. [Mi ami, padrone, è vero?]
1 for the Nyman version: "frecciate"
- Translation from English to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2008 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1
Text added to the website: 2008-12-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01
Line count: 5
Word count: 34