Sonnet XXIX

“The amazing Brian D’Arcy James’ soaring ‘Sonnet 29’ will leave you breathless.” – Next Magazine

“Brian d’Arcy James’ soaring vocal, combined with swelling orchestration, brings a dramatic majesty to Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 29.’ ” – Edge Publications

Track #4, entitled “Sonnet 29,” is a composition that marries Stitt’s heartfelt music with the text of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29. You’ve got to check it out. Sung by Brian D’Arcy James, it is absolutely gorgeous. You can listen to a clip of the song and you can also pre-order the CD if, like me, you find that her beautiful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics (by some well-chosen lyricists in addition to the Bard) make your own heart sing. — Shakespeare in LA

LYRICS:
When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf Heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featur’d like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.