Love is not all...

"Love is not all.." sets a sonnet of Edna St. Vincent Millay and was premiered at the Hellas Festival in New York City. "Love is not all..." is the first and title song of Henderson's cycle "Love is not all...", which sets four sonnets of Millay.

"Love is not all..." is the thirtieth sonnet in Millay's volume Fatal Interview, which is a collection of sonnets published in 1931. For visitors interested in obtaining the score to this song, please contact [email protected].

Date: 1994Composer: Alva HendersonText: Edna St. Vincent MillaySong Collection: Love is not all...

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by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.




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