Be not afeard for alto and guitar


A setting of Caliban’s words to the intruders in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Performed here by the composer
(note the cute glissandi!)

Be not a-fear’d the isle is full of noises
sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not
sometimes a thousand thousand instruments
will hum about mine ears
and sometimes voices that, if I then had waked after long sleep,
will make me sleep again
and then in dreaming the clouds methought would open
and show riches ready to drop upon me
that when I wak’d I cried to dream a-gain
William Shakespeare – The Tempest (Act III Scene 2)