Sonnet 116
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2010)
author: William Shakespeare
genres: a cappella choir
length: 6:15 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
mail@subitomusic.com • 973-857-3440
audio:
premiere: April 9, 2011
The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, conductor
VMA Arts and Cultural Center
Providence, Rhode Island
program notes: "Sonnet 116" was commissioned by David Keller and Julie Meyers for the Providence Singers to commemorate their 25th wedding anniversary.
press: Chorus America article (pdf)

text: Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
 
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.