From you have I been absent in the...
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.
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 - 1968), "Sonnet XCVIII - From you have I been absent", op. 125 (Shakespeare Sonnets), Heft 1 no. 16 (1944-7). [voice and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Enid Luff , "From you have I been absent in the spring", 1978, published 1980, first performed 1978 [mezzo-contralto solo, violin or flute, and piano], from Three Shakespeare Sonnets, London: Primavera [ sung text not verified ]
- by Kirke Mechem (b. 1925), "From you have I been absent", op. 24 no. 2 (1964), published c1968 [mixed chorus a cappella], from Five Centuries of Spring, no. 2, Bryn Mawr, PA : Th. Presser Co. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Richard Simpson (1820 - 1876), "Sonnet XCVIII", 1864-5. [medium voice and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
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