possibly by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625) and possibly by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Eduard von Bauernfeld (1802 - 1890)

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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An die Tonkunst aus Shakespear's "König Heinrich der Achte."
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Orpheus bei der Laute Klang,
Bäum' und eis'gen Bergeshang
Beugte sich, durch Sanges Macht;

Pflanzen, Blumen allerwegen
Sprossen, als ob Sonn' und Regen
Lockten ew'gen Lenzes Pracht.

Was ihm immer gab Gehör,
Selbst die wilde Wog' im Meer,
Neigt das Haupt und legte sich.

Tonkunst, deinen Zauberei'n
Weicht die Sorg'; und Gram schläft ein,
Oder hörend stirbt durch dich!

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2013-06-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:12
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Word count: 59