An Ever-Fixed Mark

Basic Information

Instrumentation: Choral (SSAATTBB)
Duration: 5:00
Year composed: 2009


This piece was written for C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective for their 2010 Shakespeare-themed concert, and was first performed in February 2010. It is featured in the Project: Encore music catalog.


William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, 
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 

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