Dirge without Music
The Buck in the Snow and Other Poems
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Harper and Row Publishers
I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.
Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains, - but the rest is lost.
The answer quick and keen, the honest look, the
They are gone. They have gone to feed the roses.
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I
More precious was the light in your eyes than all roses
Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
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