Sin of self-love (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-11)   CPDL #46298:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2017-09-11).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 14 pages, 324 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: Sin of self-love
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2017

Description: Part of the collection in progress, "Book of Sonnets."

External websites: http://www.graymichael.com

Original text and translations

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Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
And all my soul, and all my every part;
And for this sin there is no remedy,
It is so grounded inward in my heart.
Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,
No shape so true, no truth of such account;
And for myself mine own worth do define,
As I all other in all worths surmount.
But when my glass shows me myself indeed
Beated and chopp'd with tanned antiquity,
Mine own self-love quite contrary I read;
Self so self-loving were iniquity.
  'Tis thee,--Myself,--that for myself I praise,
  Painting my age with beauty of thy days.

William Shakespeare (Sonnet LXII)