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Now by this moon, before this moon shall wane



DURATION
2’45”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

AUDIO
Grant Park Chorus; Christopher Bell, conductor
Songs of Smaller Creatures, Cedille Records CDR 90000 131 • Purchase recording

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

YEAR COMPOSED
2004

COMMISSIONER
Volti

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy

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TEXT
Now by this moon, before this moon shall wane 
I shall be dead or I shall be with you! 
No moral concept can outweigh the pain 
Past rack and wheel this absence puts me through; 
Faith, honour, pride, endurance, what the tongues 
Of tedious men will say, or what the law— 
For which of these do I fill up my lungs 
With brine and fire at every breath I draw? 
Time, and to spare, for patience by and by, 
Time to be cold and time to sleep alone; 
Let me no more until the hour I die 
Defraud my innocent senses of their own. 
Before this moon shall darken, say of me: 
She's in her grave, or where she wants to be.