by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

The cloud‑capp'd towers, the gorgeous...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind: We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

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

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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Le torri che toccano le nubi", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 7
Word count: 49

Les tours coiffées de nuages, les palais...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Les tours coiffées de nuages, les palais magnifiques,
les temples solennels, le grand globe lui-même,
Oui, tous ceux qui en ont hérité, se dissoudront
et, comme ce cortège sans substance s'est évanoui,
ne laissent pas un chevalet derrière eux . Nous sommes de la même étoffe
Que les rêves et notre petite vie
Est achevée par un somme.

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  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (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.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-05
Line count: 7
Word count: 58