Sweet love, renew thy force (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-29)  CPDL #55465:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2019-09-29).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 9 pages, 239 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Measure 67, piano, second chord; should be a dotted quarter - not a dotted eighth!

General Information

Title: Sweet love, renew thy force
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2019
Description: This is part of an on-going project of SAB works called the "Book of Sonnets"

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Original text and translations

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Sweet love, renew thy force, be it not said
Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
Which but today by feeding is allayed,
Tomorrow sharpened in his former might.
So, love, be thou: although today thou fill
Thy hungry eyes even till they wink with fullness,
Tomorrow see again, and do not kill
The spirit of Love with a perpetual dullness:
Let this sad Interim like the Ocean be
Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that when they see
Return of love, more blest may be the view;
 As call it Winter, which being full of care,
 Makes Summer's welcome, thrice more wish'd, more rare.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LVI)