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Since of no creature living



DURATION
4’45”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

AUDIO
Ensemble of the North; Patrick McDonough, conductor

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

YEAR COMPOSED
2005

COMMISSIONER
Ensemble of the North

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Sonnets of the Fatal Interview

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TEXT
Since of no creature living the last breath
Is twice required, or twice the ultimate pain,
Seeing how to quit your arms is very death,
'Tis likely that I shall not die again;
And likely 'tis that Time whose gross decree
Sends now the dawn to clamour at our door,
Thus having done his evil worst to me,
Will thrust me by, will harry me no more.
When you are corn and roses and at rest
I shall endure, a dense and sanguine ghost,
To haunt the scene where I was happiest,
To bend above the thing I loved the most;
And rise, and wring my hands, and steal away
As I do now, before the advancing day.