by Francis Beaumont (1584 - 1616) and by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625)
Translation © by Nicolaas (Koos) Jaspers

Lay a garland on my hearse
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT
Lay a garland on my hearse,
  Of the dismal yew,
Maidens, willow branches [bear]1,
  Say I died true.

My love was false, but I was firm
  [From my hour of birth;]2
Upon my buried body lie
  Lightly, [gentle]3 earth.

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1 Pearsall, A. Taylor: "wear"
2 omitted by Pearsall and A. Taylor
3 Pearsall, A. Taylor: "thou gentle"


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 39

Leg op haar lijkwagen een krans
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the English 
Leg op haar lijkwagen een krans
van mistroostig taxusblad
en meisjes kom met wilgentakken,
zeg dat zij stierf, immer trouw.

Haar lief bedroog haar, zij was sterk.

Rust zacht, gij goede aarde,
op haar lichaam in dit graf.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-20
Line count: 7
Word count: 38