Come away, death (George Alexander Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-09)   CPDL #53495:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-03-09).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come away, death
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Act 2: Sc 4

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Volume 1, no. 51, p. 79

Description: Shakespeare Songs no. 3.

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Original text and translations

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Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid.
Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.

Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
On my black coffin let there be strown.
Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown.
A thousand thousand sighs to save,
Lay me, O, where
Sad true lover never find my grave,
To weep there!