What's in the brain? (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-09)   CPDL #42221:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-12-09).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 10 pages, 315 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Part of an on-going collection, "Book of Sonnets."

General Information

Title: What's in the brain?
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016

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

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

Original text and translations

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What's in the brain that ink may character,
Which hath not figur'd to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same;
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case
Weighs not the dust and injury of age,
Nor gives to necessary wrinkles place,
But makes antiquity for aye his page,
  Finding the first conceit of love there bred
  Where time and outward form would show it dead.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet CVIII)