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Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0784  Tuesday, 12 September 2006

[1] 	From: 	Larry Weiss <
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	Date: 	Friday, 08 Sep 2006 12:20:48 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

[2] 	From: 	John W. Kennedy <
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	Date: 	Friday, 08 Sep 2006 15:13:23 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

[3] 	From: 	Norman D. Hinton <
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	Date: 	Friday, 08 Sep 2006 15:42:59 -0500
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From: 		Larry Weiss <
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Date: 		Friday, 08 Sep 2006 12:20:48 -0400
Subject: 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

 >I think you mean "bear/The whips and scorns of life" instead of "bare. 
. ."
 >
 >No?

Maybe it's a BDSM thing.

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Date: 		Friday, 08 Sep 2006 15:13:23 -0400
Subject: 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

John Crowley <
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 >And not even to make easily sung rhyme and meter.

Rarely a grave consideration in opera. Consider the following sonnet 
from Sturgis and Sullivan's "Ivanhoe", as it is actually set in the music.

                                           Her
South-  ern splen-  dour, like  the Syr-    ian
moon,                   Draws             the
full        tide  of    my    re-   bel-  lious
blood;                              Though
Death   should clasp me close   ere set     of
sun,                    This        hour  is
mine,
                         [this       hour  is
mine,]                              and
mine                          the   ty-   rant's
mood.                               And I   will
woo her                             as      the
li-     on  woos                    To
bring   his wild    mate do-    cile to     his
side;                               And I   will
win     her     as  the li- on  wins,       That
in      the de-     sert leads  his tawn-   y
bride!                              [I      will
woo     her,    I   will win    her,    I   will
woo     and win     her             as      the
li-     on  woos                    and
wins.]                              O
maid    of  Ju-     dah, tremb- ling in     my
arms,                   proud       is    thy
fate              to    own   my    con-  quering
sword;                              Though
Hell    op- pose,   with all    its dire    a-
larms,                  This        hour  is
mine,                   [this       hour    is
mine,] and  I                 [and  I]      thy
[lord,            thy]  ruth-             less
lord.                                     If
Death             be    host,             I'll
drain his   cup   for   wine-             Come
Night,                              come
Death,                              so
this        wild        hour        be
mine!

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From: 		Norman D. Hinton <
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Date: 		Friday, 08 Sep 2006 15:42:59 -0500
Subject: 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0778 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

Why not just do the same thing Britten did with MSN, and just use the 
text as we have it in some  reasonably good  edition ? It is certainly 
no longer necessary for opera libretti to be in rhythmic/rhymed verses.

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