Sonnet 98 (Martin Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-26)   CPDL #47724:   
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sonnet 98
Composer: Martin Johnson
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh'd and leap'd with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
   Yet seem'd it winter still, and, you away,
   As with your shadow I with these did play.