Wainwright, Rufus - Sonnet 43 Lyrics

When most I wink then do mine eyes best see
For all the day they view things unrespected
But when I sleep in dreams they look on thee
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed

Then thou whose shadow shadows doth make bright
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so

How would I say mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay

All days are nights to see till I see thee
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me

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  1. kaylashalaylaaaaa

    left me speechless

  2. Samuel Penderbayne

    I composed a version of this sonnet for my band... may be interesting for those who like this version from Rufus Wainwright... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih6ZZskjk2M&t=129s

  3. Chelslyn Vance

    This gave me chills. He had true talent.

  4. TheCaelina

    Merci de l'avoir mise en ligne, c'est magnifique d'avoir mis en musique des sonnets de Shakespeare de cette façon, c'était une excellente idée, ah, pourquoi je n'ai pas vu cette vidéo plus tôt :s
    Superbe chanson et un grand merci pour l'avoir mise sur Youtube :)
    J'adore ♥♥♥
    Je suis totalement fan de Shakespeare (j'ai écrit mon mémoire sur certaines de ses  oeuvres théâtrales, j'ai étudié un certain nombre de ses sonnets en licence d'anglais et je les ai trouvés vraiment magnifiques, c'est génial que quelqu'un comme Rufus Wainwright les ait mis en musique^^) et j'apprécie aussi beaucoup Rufus Wainwright, donc c'était pratiquement obligé que j'aime cette chanson :)

  5. Jenna Purviance

    *slow claps*

  6. FZmustacheFZ

    Thank you for, unlike so many other people who upload on YouTube, respecting the integrity of this song and allowing the final notes to ring out, rather than cut them off :)

  7. evamarimo

    I love this song so much.... it is truly delicious how his voice rasps at 3:00 !!!

  8. goldnight

    i LOVE this song and Rufus' arrangements are always beautiful! he outdid himself with this one.