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Full many a glorious morning have I...

Language: English

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendor on my brow;
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine;
The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now.
  Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
  Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.



Translation(s): ITA GER FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in German, a translation by Hans Hübner , title unknown, copyright © ITA FRE [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Più di un glorioso mattino ho contemplato", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (François-Victor Hugo) , no title, from Sonnets de Shakespeare, no. 33, published 1857

Text added to the website: 2004-08-09.

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