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Witch-Wife (2020)

for SSAA choir | 00:03:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Commissioned by Choir Matrix Women's Ensemble, sponsored by Consonare Choral Community, Sarah Kaufold, Artistic Director.


Witch-Wife
By Edna St. Vincent Millay
From Renascence: And Other Poems (1917)

She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth on a valentine.

She has more hair than she needs;
In the sun 'tis a woe to me!
And her voice is a string of colored beads,
Or steps leading into the sea.

She loves me all that she can,
And her ways to my ways resign;
But she was not made for any man,
And she never will be all mine.

Artwork by Arnold Genthe (1914).


Performances

  • 15 Oct, 2023: Lilith Vocal Ensemble at First Parish UU, Needham, MA
  • 14 Oct, 2023: Lilith Vocal Ensemble at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA
  • 20 Nov, 2021: Barksdale Treble Chorus and Botetourt Chamber Singers at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, Williamsburg, VA
  • 14 Nov, 2021: Choir Matrix/Voices of Concinnity at New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
  • 28 Mar, 2021: Choir Matrix Women's Ensemble at Virtual