by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Ludwig Reinhold Walesrode (1810 - 1889), as Emil Wagner

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FIN ITA
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
[Sometime]1 too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to [time thou growest]2:
  [So long]3 as men [can]4 breathe or eyes can see,
  So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

J. Dankworth sets lines 1-8

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1 Wilkinson: "Sometimes"
2 Aikin: "times thou grow'st"
3 Wilkinson: "As long"
4 Aikin: "shall"

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Soll ich vergleichen dich dem Sommertag?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Soll ich vergleichen dich dem Sommertag?
Nein, nicht so lieblich ist er und so mild;
Wie oft der Sturm des Frühlings Knospen brach,
Und Sommer weilt nur flüchtig im Gefild!
Oft scheint des Himmels goldnes Aug’ zu heiß,
Oft trübet sich sein strahlend Angesicht,
Und wie oft schwindet seiner Schönheit Preis,
Wenn Zufall oder die Natur sie bricht!
Doch nie ein Ende deinem Sommer droht,
Verlust des Schönen nie, was dir gehört;
Dich zu umschatten, rühmt sich nie der Tod,
Wenn du in ew’gen Liedern wirst verklärt;
    So lang’ ein Athem weht, ein Auge sieht,
    Lebt und verleiht dir Leben dieses Lied.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-04-19
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Word count: 102