Some say thy fault is youth (Michael Gray)

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Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2020-07-22).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 8 pages, 218 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: Some say thy fault is youth
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2020

Description: Part of an on-going project to set the "Book of Sonnets" to SAB voicing.

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

Original text and translations

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Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness,
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport,
Both grace and faults are lov'd of more or less:
Thou mak'st faults graces that to thee resort:
As on the finger of a throned Queen,
The basest Jewel will be well esteem'd:
So are those errors that in thee are seen,
To truths translated, and for true things deem'd.
How many Lambs might the stern Wolf betray,
If like a Lamb he could his looks translate.
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state?
  But do not so; I love thee in such sort,
  As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet XCVI)