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Podcast Shakespeare

A listening tour through the works, life, and afterlife of William Shakespeare.

Jul 5, 2020

The Sonnet Sessions continue... (Don't know what was going on with the audio - or my voice - this week! )

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William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVI
But wherefore do not you a mightier way
Make war upon this bloody tyrant, Time?
And fortify your self in your decay
With means more blessed than my barren rhyme?
Now stand you on the top of happy hours,
And many maiden gardens, yet unset,
With virtuous wish would bear you living flowers,
Much liker than your painted counterfeit:
So should the lines of life that life repair,
Which this, Time's pencil, or my pupil pen,
Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,
Can make you live your self in eyes of men.
To give away yourself, keeps yourself still,
And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.

Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Fantasia on Greensleeves“ from Sir John in Love, opera adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1928
Sergei Prokofiev, "Balcony Scene" from Romeo and Juliet, op. 64, 1938