So is it not with me (Michael Gray)
- Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2021-10-26). Score information: Letter (landscape), 8 pages, 205 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: Please do not alter this piece beyond the direction of the composer. The CC license calls for "No Derivatives."
First published: 2021
Description: Part of an on-going collection of SAB music called "Book of Sonnets"
Original text and translations
So is it not with me as with that Muse,
Stirred by a painted beauty to his verse,
Who heaven itself for ornament doth use,
And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,
Making a complement of proud compare
With Sun and Moon, with earth and sea's rich gems,
With April's first-born flowers and all things rare,
That heaven's air in this huge rondure hems,
O let me true in love but truly write,
And then believe me, my love is as fair
As any mother's child, though not so bright
As those gold candles fixed in heaven's air:
Let them say more that like of heare-say well,
I will not praise that purpose not to sell.
William Shakespeare (Sonnet XXI)