You have asked me what I would do and what I would not do. I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use, silence, exile and cunning.
F. Rzewski sets lines 2-8
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Confirmed with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916, page 291.
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- by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), no title, appears in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York, B. W. Huebsch, first published 1916 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938), "I Will Not Serve!", <<2013, lines 2-8 [ speaker, SATB chorus, instrumental ensemble ], from Ode to the Deserter, no. 1, Sound Pool Music (BMI) [sung text checked 1 time]
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