This was quickly composed for the Myriad contest whose theme is
Shakespeare's Sonnet 73.
The Sonnet speaks of aging and the poet laments the future loss of his younger lover due to the ravages of time. The poem is as follows:
That time of year thou mayst in me behold.
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
This was updated using Logic Pro 9 with Vienna Symphonic Library samples. The countertenor is David W. Solomons.