Time does not bring relief

"Time does not bring relief" is the fourth song of Scott Wheeler's song cycle Wasting the Night, which sets the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Date: 1990Composer: Scott WheelerText: Edna St. Vincent MillaySong Collection: Wasting the Night

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Time does not bring relief
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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 every mountainside,
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 memory of him here!”
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

Sheet Music

Wasting the Night

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): 1. Thursday 2. Recuerdo 3. I shall forget you 4. Time does not bring relief 5. The Betrothal

Voice Type: Soprano

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