And you as well must die...(1994)
"And you as well must die..." sets a sonnet of Edna St. Vincent Millay and was premiered at the Hellas Festival in New York City. "And you as well must die..." is the third song of Henderson's cycle "Love is not all...", which sets four sonnets of Millay.
"And you as well must die..." was published in Millay's volume Second April in 1921.
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And you as well must die, beloved dust,
And all your beauty stand you in no stead,
This flawless, vital hand, this perfect head,
This body of flame and steel, before the gust
Of Death, or under his autumnal frost,
Shall be as any leaf, be no less dead
Than the first leaf that fall, --- this wonder fled.
Altered, estranged, disintegrated, lost.
Nor shall my love avail you in your hour.
In spite of all my love, you will arise
Upon that day and wander down the air
Obscurely as the unattended flower,
It mattering not how beautiful you were,
Or how beloved above all else that dies.
by Edna St. Vincent Millay