Some glory in their birth (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-02)  CPDL #42177:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-12-02).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 7 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: This is part of an on-going collection for SAB choirs, "Book of Sonnets."

General Information

Title: Some glory in their birth
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2014
Description: This is part of an on-going collection for SAB choirs, "Book of Sonnets."

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body's force,
Some in their garments though new-fangled ill;
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest:
But these particulars are not my measure,
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks and horses be;
And having thee, of all men's pride I boast:
 Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
 All this away, and me most wretched make.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet XCI)