Her name upon the strand (David Protheroe)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-04)  CPDL #62674:       
Editor: David Protheroe (submitted 2021-02-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The PDF file includes keyboard accompaniment for rehearsing

General Information

Title: Her name upon the strand
Composer: David Protheroe
Lyricist: Edmund Spenser

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021
Description: Sonnet 75 from Amoretti by Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser, set for unaccompanied choir.

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Original text and translations

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One day I wrote her name upon the strand;
But came the waves, and washed it away:
Again, I wrote it with a second hand;
But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.

Vain man, said she, that dost in vain assay
A mortal thing so to immortalise;
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eke my name be wiped out likewise.

Not so, quoth I, let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your virtues rare shall eternise,
And in the heavens write your glorious name.

Where, when as death shall all the world subdue
Our love shall live, and later life renew.