Come away, death (Geoffrey Shaw)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77904:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 425 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Come away, death
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1909 Novello and Co.
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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 corse, 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!

Twelfth Night
Act II. Scene 4