No longer mourn for me when I am dead (Michael Gray)
- Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2017-01-06). Score information: Letter (landscape), 6 pages, 224 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: Part of an on-going collection of SAB music, "Book of Sonnets."
Description: Part of an on-going collection of SAB music, "Book of Sonnets."
External websites: http://www.graymichael.com
Original text and translations
No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell;
Nay, if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it; for I love you so,
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O, if - I say - you look upon this verse,
When I, perhaps, compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse,
But let your love even with my life decay,
Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
And mock you with me after I am gone.
William Shakespeare (Sonnet LXXI)