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Linda Catlin Smith

In Black Ink
Linda Catlin Smith In Black Ink

for mezzo-soprano and piano

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In Black Ink - score
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Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o'ersways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of batt'ring days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation: Where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back,
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

- William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXV

Additional Information

Composer Linda Catlin Smith
Year of Composition 2011
Instrumentation Piano, Mezzo Soprano
Duration ca. 8'
Student Difficulty No

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