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by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845)

Full fathom five thy father lies
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FIN FRE GER IRI ITA NOR
Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
[Ding-dong.]1
Hark! now I hear them, - ding-dong bell.

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lidy van Noordenburg) , "Vijf vadem diep", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy de Pourtalès)
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Bouchor)
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (David Paley) , "Voll Faden fünf", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Tuo padre giace a una profondità di cinque tese", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Andrea Maffei) , no title, first published 1869
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Arild Bakke) , "På fem favner", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 49

Fünf Faden tief liegt Vater dein
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Fünf Faden tief liegt Vater dein. 
Sein Gebein wird zu Korallen, 
Perlen sind die Augen sein.
Nichts an ihm, das soll verfallen, 
Das nicht wandelt Meeres-Hut 
In ein reich und seltnes Gut.
Nymphen läuten stündlich ihm,
Da horch! ihr Glöcklein -- Bim! bim! bim!

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2012-03-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 43