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Oh, think not I am faithful to a vow!



DURATION
2’

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

AUDIO
Murray State University Choir; Bradley Almquist, conductor

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

YEAR COMPOSED
2002

COMMISSIONER
Volti

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Sonnets of Vanity, Loss, and Rapture

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TEXT
Oh, think not I am faithful to a vow! 
Faithless am I save to love's self alone. 
Were you not lovely I would leave you now: 
After the feet of beauty fly my own. 
Were you not still my hunger's rarest food, 
And water ever to my wildest thirst, 
I would desert you — think not but I would! — 
And seek another as I sought you first. 
But you are mobile as the veering air, 
And all your charms more changeful than the tide, 
Wherefore to be inconstant is no care: 
I have but to continue at your side. 
So wanton, light and false, my love, are you, 
I am most faithless when I most am true.