What is your substance? (Michael Gray)
- Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-11-11). Score information: Letter (landscape), 7 pages, 227 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: This piece is part of an on-going collection of works for SAB, "Book of Sonnets" and is scored for Baritone solo with SAB and piano.
First published: 2016
Description: This piece is part of an on-going collection of works for SAB, "Book of Sonnets" and is scored for Baritone solo with SAB and piano.
Original text and translations
What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since every one hath, every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
Is poorly imitated after you;
On Helen's cheek, all art of beauty set,
And you in Grecian tires are painted new.
Speak of the spring and foison of the year:
The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
The other as your bounty doth appear;
And you in every blessed shape we know.
In all external grace, you have some part,
But you like none, none you, for constant heart.
William Shakespeare (Sonnet LIII)