Is it thy will? (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-02)  CPDL #65355:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2021-08-02).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 6 pages, 373 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: In the spirit of the "No Derivatives" part of the Creative Commons license, please refrain from making a mxl file of this piece. Thank you.

General Information

Title: Is it thy will?
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021
Description: This is part of an on-going SAB project, "Book of Sonnets."

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Original text and translations

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Is it thy will, thy Image should keep open
My heavy eyelids to the weary night?
Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken,
While shadows like to thee do mock my sight?
Is it thy spirit that thou send'st from thee
So far from home into my deeds to pry,
To find out shames and idle hours in me,
The scope and tenure of thy Jealousy?
O no, thy love, though much, is not so great,
It is my love that keeps mine eye awake,
Mine own true love that doth my rest defeat,
To play the watch-man ever for thy sake.
  For thee watch I, whilst thou dost wake elsewhere,
  From me far off, with others all too near.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LXI)