by Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599)
Shall I then silent be or shall I speake? And if I speake, her wrath renew I shall: and if I silent be, my hart will breake, or choked be with ouerflowing gall. What tyranny is this both my hart to thrall, and eke my toung with proud restraint to tie? that nether I may speake nor thinke at all, but like a stupid stock in silence die. Yet I my hart with silence secretly will teach to speak, and my iust cause to plead: and eke mine eies with meeke humility, loue learned letters to her eyes to read. Which her deep wit, that true harts thought can spel, wil soone conceiue, and learne to construe well.
Version with modern spelling:
Shall I then silent be, or shall I speak? And, if I speak, her wrath renew I shall; And, if I silent be, my heart will break, Or choked be with overflowing gall. What tyranny is this, both my heart to thrall, And eke my tongue with proud restraint to tie; That neither I may speak nor think at all, But like a stupid stock in silence die! Yet I my heart with silence secretly Will teach to speak, and my just cause to plead; And eke mine eyes, with meek humility, Love-learned letters to her eyes to read; Which her deep wit, that true heart’s thought can spell, Will soon conceive, and learn to construe well.
- by Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599), "Sonnet XLIII", appears in Amoretti and Epithalamion [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Edmund Duncan Rubbra (1901 - 1986), "Sonnet XLIII", op. 42 no. 4 (1935), published 1949 [ tenor and strings ], from Five Sonnets, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
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This text was added to the website: 2022-01-31
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Word count: 118