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Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay? Repaire me now, for now mine end doth haste, I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, And all my pleasures are like yesterday; I dare not move my dim eyes anyway, Despaire behind, and death before doth cast Such terror, and my feeble flesh doth waste By sinne in it, which it t'wards Hell doth weigh; Onely thou art above, and when t'wards thee By thy leave I can looke, I rise againe; But our old subtle foe so tempteth me, That not one houre myselfe can I sustaine; Thy Grace may wing me to prevent his art, And thou like Adamant draw mine iron heart.
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- by John Donne (1572 - 1631), no title, appears in Holy Sonnets, no. 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 Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley, Sir (1903 - 1989), "Thou hast made me", published 1960 [ mixed chorus and organ ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Thou hast made me", op. 35 no. 8 (1945), published 1946 [ high voice and piano ], from The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, no. 8 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Geoffrey Burgon (b. 1941), "Thou hast made me", 2001? [ voice and piano ], from Heavenly Things, no. 6 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Thou hast made me", 2013, first performed 2014 [ tenor and piano ], from The Holy Sonnets of John Donne - 9 Songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 8 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Douglas Stuart Moore (1893 - 1969), "Thou hast made me", published 1944 [ high voice and piano ], from Three Sonnets of John Donne Set to Music [sung text not yet checked]
- by Godfrey Ridout (1918 - 1984), "Thou hast made me", 1953 [ voice and piano ], from Cantiones mysticae, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by William Brocklesby Wordsworth (1908 - 1988), "Thou hast made me", 1944, published 1946, from Four Sacred Sonnets [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Daniel Johannsen) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Word count: 118
Tu m'as fait, et ton œuvre va tomber en ruines ? Répare-moi maintenant, car maintenant ma fin se hâte, Je cours vers la mort, et la mort vient vers moi aussi vite, Et tous mes plaisirs sont comme hier ; Je n'ose pas porter nulle part mes yeux faibles, Le désespoir derrière, et la mort devant jettent Une telle terreur, et ma chair faible se perd En péché dans elle, qu'elle emporte vers l'enfer ; Seulement toi es au-dessus et quand vers toi Par ta permission je peux regarder, je monte à nouveau ; Mais notre subtil vieil ennemi me tente, De sorte que pas une heure je ne peux résister ; Ta grâce peut voler vers moi pour empêcher son art, Et toi tu peux rendre inébranlable mon cœur de fer.
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- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2011 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.
- a text in English by John Donne (1572 - 1631), no title, appears in Holy Sonnets, no. 1
This text was added to the website: 2011-07-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 132