Matthew H. Fields
Matthew H. Fields
Selected Choral Works

Eighteenth Sonnet


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3 1/2 minutes

Program Note

"This is a madrigal in the manner of Weelkes, written in place of lamenting the fact that I found no such madrigal on this sonnet."

--Matthew H. Fields


Solo singers SATB, or choir SATB. A special SSAATTBB version is also available.


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely, and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd
And ev'ry fair from fair some time declines
By chance or Nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall Death brag thou wandrest in his shade
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

--William Shakespeare

Year of Composition



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