Farewell (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-02)  CPDL #65354:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2021-08-02).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 10 pages, 245 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2021
Description: This is part of an on-going SAB project, "Book of Sonnets."

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Original text and translations

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Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing,
And like enough thou know'st thy estimate,
The Charter of thy worth gives thee releasing:
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thy self thou gav'st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gav'st it, else mistaking,
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgement making.
  Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter,
  In sleep a King, but waking no such matter.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LXXXVII)