possibly by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625) and possibly by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
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Orpheus with his lute made trees
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops that freeze,
Bow themselves, when he did sing:	

To his music, plants and flowers
Ever [sprung]1; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by.

In sweet music is such art:
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

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Quoted in Shakespeare's Henry VIII, Act III scene 1
1 Greene: "rose"; Blitzstein: "sprang"

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Orpheus Laute hiess die Wipfel
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Orpheus Laute hiess die Wipfel
Wüster Berge kahle Gipfel,
Niedersteigen, wenn er sang
Pflanz' und Bluth und Frühlingssegen
Sprossten, wie wenn Sonn' und Regen,
Folgten nur dem Wunderklang.
Alle Wesen, die ihn hörten,
Wogen selbst, die sturmempörten,
Neigten still ihr Haupt herab.
Solche Macht ward süssen Tönen,
Herzensweh und tödtlich Sehnen
Wiegen sie in Schlaf und Grab.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Musikalisches Wochenblatt, Volume 2, Part 1, Leipzig, 17 February 1871. II Jahrg., Nr. 8, cover page.


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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)

  • by Eduard Lassen (1830 - 1904), "Lied aus Heinrich VIII, von Shakespeare", op. 61 (Sechs Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 3, published 1877 [voice and piano], Breslau, Hainauer [ sung text not verified ]
  • by G. K. Witte , "Heinrich VIII", op. 10 (Drei Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 2, published 1875 [voice and piano], Bremen, Praeger & M. [ sung text not verified ]

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2010-09-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-07-12 01:16:17
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Word count: 57