Like as the waves (Paul Merkus)

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  • (Posted 2023-06-08)  CPDL #74090:         
Editor: Paul Merkus (submitted 2023-06-08).   Score information: A3, 13 pages, 334 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Like as the waves
Composer: Paul Merkus
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2023
Description: My contribution to the VOCES8 Composition Competition 2023

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Original text and translations

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Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd 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 crown'd,
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.