But do thy worst to steal thyself away (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-16)   CPDL #42317:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-12-16).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 6 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Part of an ongoing collection for SAB, "Book of Sonnets." This piece also has a Baritone solo part.

General Information

Title: But do thy worst to steal thyself away
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 2015

Description: Part of an ongoing collection for SAB, "Book of Sonnets." This piece also has a Baritone solo part.

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

Original text and translations

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But do thy worst to steal thyself away,
For term of life thou art assurèd mine,
And life no longer than thy love will stay,
For it depends upon that love of thine.
Then need I not to fear the worst of wrongs,
When in the least of them my life hath end.
I see a better state to me belongs
Than that which on thy humor doth depend.
Thou canst not vex me with inconstant mind,
Since that my life on thy revolt doth lie.
O what a happy title do I find,
Happy to have thy love, happy to die!
But what’s so blessèd-fair that fears no blot?
Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet XCII)