The silver swan (Orlando Gibbons)

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General Information

Title: The Silver Swan
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1612 in The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, no. 1

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The Silver Swan who, living, had no note,
When death approach'd, unlock'd her silent throat.
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sung her first and last, And sung no more:
"Farewell all joys, O death come close mine eyes.
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise."

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

O cisne prateado que, em vida, não cantou,
Quando a morte se aproximou abriu a sua garganta silenciosa.
Encostando o seu peito contra a margem cheia de juncos,
Assim cantou pela primeira e última vez, e não mais cantou:
"Adeus prazeres; ó morte, vem fechar os meus olhos.
Agora vivem mais gansos que cisnes, mais tolos que sábios."

German.png German translation

Der silberne Schwan, der im Leben kein Lied kannte,
Entfesselte beim Nahen des Todes seine schweigende Kehle,
Lehnte seine Brust an das schilfbewachsene Ufer
Und sang so zum ersten und letzten Mal, und sang nie wieder:
Lebt wohl alle Freuden, o Tod, schließe meine Augen,
Mehr Gänse als Schwäne leben heute, mehr Narren als Weise.

Translation by Peter Rottländer