Sonnet XII (1990)

Mixed chorus (SATB) + piano [English]

―by Dean Crocker

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Piano vs. choir in tight harmony. Shakespeare. Difficult. What more could you ask for?

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silver’d o’er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girdled up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard –
Then of thy beauty do I question make
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
  And nothing, and nothing ’gainst Time’s scythe can make defense
  Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

—William Shakespeare (1564‒1616)

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