How oft when thou, my Music, music play'st (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-28)   CPDL #41597:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-10-28).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 9 pages, 289 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Part of an on-going collection, "Book of Sonnets."

General Information

Title: How oft when thou, my Music, music play'st
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2013

Description: Part of an on-going collection, "Book of Sonnets."

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

Original text and translations

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How oft when thou, my Music, music play'st,
Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway'st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap,
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips which should that harvest reap,
At the wood's boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they would change their state
And situation with those dancing chips,
O'er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
Making dead wood more bless'd than living lips.
   Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
   Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet CXXVIII)