Devouring Time (Michael Gray)

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Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2024-07-02).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 10 pages, 247 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Devouring Time
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2024

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Original text and translations

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Devouring Time, blunt thou the Lion's paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood,
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce Tiger's jaws,
And burn the long-lived Phoenix in her blood,
Make glad and sorry seasons as thy fleet'st,
And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets:
But I forbid thee one most heinous crime,
O care not with thy hours my love's fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine ántique pen,
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty's pattern to succeeding men,
 Yet do thy worst, old Time, despite thy wrong,
 My love shall in my verse ever live young.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet XIX)