But be contented (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-12)   CPDL #51833:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2018-11-12).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 7 pages, 217 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: But be contented
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 2018

Description: This is part of an ongoing project called "Book of Sonnets."

External websites: http://www.graymichael.com

Original text and translations

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But be contented when that fell arrest
Without all bail shall carry me away,
My life hath in this line some interest,
Which for memorial still with thee shall stay.
When thou reviewest this, thou dost renew
The very part was consecrate to thee:
The earth can have but earth, which is his due;
My spirit is thine, the better part of me:
So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,
The prey of worms, my body being dead;
The coward conquest of a wretch's knife,
Too base of thee to be remembered.
  The worth of that is that which it contains,
  And that is this, and this with thee remains.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LXXIV)