Time Does Not Bring Relief

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An art song of Edna St. Vincent-Millay’s heartbreaking sonnet.

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Time does not bring relief; you have all lied.
Time does not bring relief; you have all 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 mountain-side,
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.

I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
Time does not bring relief; you have all lied.
Time does not bring relief; you have all lied.

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from MÉLANGE, released July 20, 2019
Poem by Edna St. Vincent-Millay
Music by Erika Ji
Vocals by Joan Hofmeyr
Piano by Nathan Cheung
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Gilroy at Douglass Recording

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Erika Ji New York, New York

Erika creates music that tells stories. With a love for soaring melodies and dramatic emotions, Erika draws inspiration from the lush soundscapes of classical music, the character-driven storytelling of musical theatre, and the authentic heart of indie folk and pop. ... more

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