When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2022-07-21)  CPDL #70065:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2022-07-21).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 9 pages, 200 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Please do not edit this piece (or make a .mxl file of it) without contacting the composer first. Thank you.

General Information

Title: When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2022
Description: Part of an on-going series of SAB compositions called "Book of Sonnets"

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Original text and translations

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When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light,
And place my merit in the eye of scorn,
Upon thy side against myself I'll fight
And prove thee virtuous though thou art forsworn:
With mine own weakness, being best acquainted,
Upon my part I can set down a story
Of faults concealed, wherein I am attainted
That thou in losing me shall win much glory:
And I by this will be a gainer too,
For bending all my longing thoughts on thee,
The injuries that to myself I do,
Doing thee vantage, double vantage me.
 Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
 That for thy right, myself will bear all wrong.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LXXXVIII)