Sonnet - My love, thou art not old (Mark Chapman)

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  • (Posted 2010-10-23)  CPDL #22487:         
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2010-10-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 403 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Sonnet - My love, thou art not old
Composer: Mark Chapman

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: This piece is a setting of a poem by a friend (Charis Messalina) of the composer, and is largely homophonic, with some word painting. It can be performed one voice per part but would also sound well with a larger choir. Please let the composer know ( if you intend to perform it.

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Original text and translations

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My love, thou art not old: oh, say not so!
Time’s sickle hath but touch’d thee glancingly;
Thy course be only part arun, yet no
Accompt may make those years’ advancing lie.
What more advantage may proud youth propose
To swell her score, with flaunting beauty’s grace
Already surfeited? Ought she oppose
Bright hairs, lithe limbs, a faultless carapace,
A mind as blank as snow, a virgin slate
Unused to weighty thought, a being so
Unformed, to thee? Why, no, tis no debate,
When but one word from thee were proof enow
To claim thy lady’s adoration:
Youth’s brashness, in compare, a toy: mere fashion.