• Cheryl Frances-Hoad
  • So True A Fool Is Love (2016)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Dedicated to Dominic Peckham and the London Oriana Choir. Commissioned as part of the five15 project championing women composers.

  • SATB (with divisions)
  • 4 min

Programme Note

Premiered by the London Oriana Choir conducted by Dominic Peckham at the launch of five15 at the Dry Berth, Cutty Sark, Greenwich, 6th July 2016

​Text:

Sonnet 57

​Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid your servant once adieu;
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are how happy you make those.

So true a fool is love that in your will,

Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.

William Shakespeare