Time Does Not Bring Relief
Parts: SAB + Piano
Text by: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Music by: Mitchell Fund
A poignant sonnet by the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay about grief and how it stays with you, no matter how hard to try to avoid it. The piece goes from a light dance-like feel of continuing with life to the sudden sadness that pulls in when you least expect it.
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Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,—so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, “There is no memory of him here!”
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.