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See how these masses mill and swarm



DURATION
3’50”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

AUDIO
Volti; Robert Geary, conductor

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

YEAR COMPOSED
2003

COMMISSIONER
Volti

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Sonnets of War and Mankind

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TEXT
See how these masses mill and swarm
And troop and muster and assail:
God! --- We could keep this planet warm
By friction, if the sun should fail.
Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Mars:
If no prow cuts your arid seas,
Then in your weightless air no wars
Explode with such catastrophes
As rock our planet all but loose
From its frayed mooring to the sun.
Law will not sanction such abuse
Forever; when the mischief's done,
Planets, rejoice, on which at night
Rains but the twelve-ton meteorite.