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Two Shakespeare Songs

Word count: 160

Song Cycle by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945)

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1. Parting


Good night, Good night,
Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night
Till it be morrow.
Sleep dwell upon thy eyes peace in thy breast.
Would that I were sleep and peace so sweet to rest.


2. That time of year


That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
  This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
  To love that well which thou must leave ere long.


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