Time does not bring relief: you all have lied Who told me time would ease me of my pain! I miss him in the weeping of the rain: I want him at the shrinking of the tide; The old snows melt from ev'ry mountain side, And last year's leaves are smoke in every lane; But last year's bitter loving must remain Heaped on my heart and my old thoughts abide. There are a hundred places where I fear To go, so with his memory they brim. And entering with relief some quiet place where never fell his foot or shone his face. I say "There is no mem'ry of him here," And so stand stricken, so remembering him.
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- by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), appears in Renascence and Other Poems, in Sonnets, no. 2, first published 1917 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Time does not bring relief", 1959 [voice, viola, and piano], from Three Sonnets for Voice, Viola and Piano, no. 2. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ernest Gold (1921 - 1999), "Time does not bring relief", published 1963 [high voice and piano or orchestra], from Songs of Love and Parting [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "Time does not bring relief", op. 50 no. 3 (1983), from Five Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay, no. 3. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Judith Lang Zaimont , "Soliloquy", from Greyed Sonnets: Five Serious Songs, no. 1. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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