Shall I compare thee to a summer's day (Marc Charles Dupuis)

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  • (Posted 2022-12-20)  CPDL #67122:         
Editor: Marc Charles Dupuis (submitted 2022-12-20).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 170 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day
Composer: Marc Charles Dupuis
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021
Description: This work is a choral representation of Shakespeare's well-known sonnet XVIII. It was originally composed for the William Byrd Choir (William Byrd Vocaal Ensemble) in Leiden, the Netherlands and was first performed in November, 2021.

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Original text and translations

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.