Sonnet 52 - The carcanet's jewels

by Helen Davey

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"Sonnet 52 - the carcanet's jewels" (for voice, recorders and frame drum) uses William Shakespeare's sonnet 52 as the text for a song. There are many mysteries behind this and the whole book of sonnets. more info: helendavey.com/blog/shakespeares-sonnet-52/

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Sonnet 52 - William Shakespeare

So am I as the rich whose blessed key,
Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure,
The which he will not every hour survey,
For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure.

Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
Since seldom coming in the long year set,
Like stones of worth they thinly placed are,
Or captain Jewels in the carcanet.

So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
Or as the ward-robe which the robe doth hide,
To make some special instant special blest,
By new unfolding his imprisoned pride.

Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope,
Being had to triumph, being lacked to hope.

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released May 2, 2014

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Helen Davey Zurich, Switzerland

Helen Davey has had a career as a musician, playwright and song-writer in poetic world/folk, jazz & experimental genres. Her passion is "sound-painting" where she creates music in response to other art forms.

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