Like as the waves (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-21)   CPDL #41504:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-10-21).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 6 pages, 193 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Part of an ongoing collection "Book of Sonnets" for SAB, piano

General Information

Title: Like as the waves
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2014

Description: Part of an ongoing collection "Book of Sonnets" for SAB, piano

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

Original text and translations

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Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being-crowned
Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight,
And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,
And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
  And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand,
  Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LX)