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O mistress mine, where are you roaming

Language: English

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear, your true love's coming 
That can sing both high and low.

[Trip]1 no further, pretty sweeting;
[Journeys]2 end in lovers' meeting,
Ev'ry wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:

[In]3 delay there lies no plenty;
Then [come kiss]4 me, sweet and twenty;
Youth's a stuff will not endure.


View original text (without footnotes)
1 Korngold: "O trip"
2 Korngold: "For journeyes"
3 Korngold: "And in"
4 Korngold: "come and kiss"


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 ITA FRE FIN ENG Set in German, a translation by F. H. Schneider , title unknown ITA FRE FIN ENG [text unavailable] Set in English, a translation by Ida Goldschmidt, née Livingston (1863 - 1933) , title unknown ITA GER FRE FIN GER [text unavailable] Set in German, a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) , no title ITA FRE FIN ENG
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * FIN Finnish (Paavo Cajander) , title unknown
    * ITA Italian (Paolo Montanari) , "O mia signora", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (François-Victor Hugo) , title unknown
    * GER German [singable] (David Paley) , "O Fräulein meins! Woher du wanderst", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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