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Dirge Without Music | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Dirge Without Music


AUDIO
Performed by Patrice Michaels, soprano, and Dana Brown, piano

DURATION
6’30”

YEAR COMPOSED
2013

POET

Edna St. Vincent Millay

VERSIONS AVAILABLE FOR:
Soprano
Tenor


COMMISSIONER
Thomas J. Hamilton in memory of his wife, Nadine

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TEXT

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.  Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—
They are gone.  They are gone to feed the roses.  Elegant and curled
Is the blossom.  Fragrant is the blossom.  I know.  But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know.  But I do not approve.  And I am not resigned.

Copyright 1928, © 1955 by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Norma Millay Ellis
Text used by permission of Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, the Millay Society