When I consider everything that grows (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-26)  CPDL #46501:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2017-09-26).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 11 pages, 293 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: When I consider everything that grows
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2017
Description:  Part of a collection in progress, "Book of Sonnets."

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Original text and translations

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When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and checked even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night,
 And all in war with Time for love of you,
 As he takes from you, I engraft you new.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet XV)