Come Away Death

  • Duration: 4 minutes
  • Soloist(s): Baritone
  • Instrumentation: Piano OR Strings
  • Published by: Hawes Music

Written whilst Composer in Residence at Charterhouse School, this is a setting of a poem from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

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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!

Words: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) from Twelfth Night

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