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Sonnet 43

Publisher: Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing

Catalogue Number: RTCA-032

Year: 2013


Duration: 3:35

An exuberant and well-loved setting, this piece captures the feeling of infatuation, and has become a favourite with choirs across Canada; being performed by over 20 choirs across the nation in its first year alone!

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William Shakespeare

When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed;
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow’s form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so?
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay?
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.