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I will put Chaos into fourteen lines



DURATION
3’15”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

AUDIO
Volti; Robert Geary, conductor

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

YEAR COMPOSED
2001

COMMISSIONER
Commissioned by the Dale Warland Singers

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Sonnets of Love and Chaos

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TEXT
I will put Chaos into fourteen lines
And keep him there; and let him thence escape
If he be lucky; let him twist, and ape
Flood, fire, and demon --- his adroit designs
Will strain to nothing in the strict confines
Of this sweet order, where, in pious rape,
I hold his essence and amorphous shape,
Till he with Order mingles and combines.
Past are the hours, the years of our duress,
His arrogance, our awful servitude:
I have him. He is nothing more nor less
Than something simple not yet understood;
I shall not even force him to confess;
Or answer. I will only make him good.