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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

The Map of the World (2011)
St. Rose Music Publishing
Solo Voices and 1-6 players
Year Composed
3 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
High voice
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Nico Muhly The Map of the World (2011)
My dame, you be of all beauty the shrine,
As far as is circled the mappa mundi,
For just as the crystal glorious you shine
And like ruby your cheeks be round.
Therewith you be so merry and so jocund!
And though I weep a tyne of tears,
Yet may that woe my heart not wound…
Suffice me to love you, Rosamund.

Geoffrey Chaucer
(translated by Forrest Hainline)

Honey-tongued Shakespeare, when I saw thine issue,
I swore Apollo got them and none other;
Their rosy-tinted features clothed in tissue,
Some heaven-born goddess said to be their mother.

John Weever
Ad Gulielmum Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red.

I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks she treads on the ground
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

William Shakespeare
Sonnet 130

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