My love is strengthened (Michael Gray)

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Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2024-07-02).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 10 pages, 242 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: My love is strengthened
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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My love is strengthened, though more weak in seeming;
I love not less, though less the show appear:
That love is merchandised whose rich esteeming
The owner's tongue doth publish every where.
Our love was new, and then but in the spring,
When I was wont to greet it with my lays,
As Philomel in summer's front doth sing,
And stops here pipe in growth of riper days:
Not that the summer is less pleasant now
Then when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
But that wild music burthens every bough,
And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
 Therefore like her, I sometime hold my tongue,
 Because I would not dull you with my song.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet XXXVII)