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Under the greenwood tree

Language: English

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And [turn]1 [his]2 merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

Who doth ambition shun,
And loves to live i' the sun,
Seeking the food he eats,
And pleas'd with what he gets,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

If it do come to pass
That any man turn ass,
Leaving his wealth and ease,
A stubborn will to please,
Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame:
Here shall he see
Gross fools as he,
An if he will come to me.
Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me.



Translation(s): GER FRE FIN GER GER
T. Arne sets stanza 1
I. Gurney sets stanzas 1-2
R. Quilter sets stanzas 1-2
S. Gerber sets stanzas 1-2

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Quilter: "tune"
2 Korngold: "the"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in German, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown FRE FIN [text unavailable] Set in German, a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) , title unknown FRE FIN
    * by H. Elkamp , "Waldgesang", op. 5 (12 Lieder), Heft 1 no. 1, published 1834 [voice and piano], Hamburg, Cranz

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * GER German (Julia Hamann) , "Unterm Baum im Maienwald", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (François Pierre Guillaume Guizot) , title unknown
    * FIN Finnish (Paavo Cajander) , title unknown

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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