So hallow'd and so gracious is the time

  • for choir SATB and piano

  • Duration 3'


by William Shakespeare

this piece was written for Sargent Cancer Care for Children's Christmas Carol Campaign 2003


sheet music (PDF master score with permission to print or download an authorised number of copies) available via this website: GBP 2.50 per print-out


Some say, that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,
The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.

(Marcellus, in Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 2)