Unthrifty loveliness (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-24)   CPDL #42398:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-12-24).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 9 pages, 288 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Four notes were added to the end for this edition (2016).

General Information

Title: Unthrifty loveliness
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2014

Description: This is part of an on-going collection of music for SAB, "Book of Sonnets."

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

Original text and translations

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Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thy self thy beauty's legacy?
Nature's bequest gives nothing, but doth lend,
And being frank she lends to those are free:
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thy self alone,
Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive:
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
    Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
    Which, used, lives th' executor to be.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet IV)