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What do you think of this? Shakespeare set to music

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For a school project I set a song from the play Cymbeline to music. It was an interesting experience as I usually start with a simple rhythmic phrase of lyrics that seems particularly strong and the melody/harmony usually present themselves in my head. I had to put chords and melody to pre-written lyrics with predetermined syllable counts and stresses. What do you think of it and the process of lyrics then music in general?




Lyrics (because Shakespearean english is sort of hard to follow):


Fear no more the heat o' the sun,

Nor the furious winter's rages;

Thou thy worldly task hast done,

Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:

Golden lads and girls all must,

As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.



Fear no more the frown o' the great;

Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;

Care no more to clothe and eat;

To thee the reed is as the oak:

The sceptre, learning, physic, must

All follow this, and come to dust.



Fear no more the lightning flash,

Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;

Fear not slander, censure rash;

Thou hast finish'd joy and moan:

All lovers young, all lovers must

Consign to thee, and come to dust.



No exorciser harm thee!

Nor no witchcraft charm thee!

Ghost unlaid forbear thee!

Nothing ill come near thee!

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