Edna St. Vincent Millay - On hearing a symphony of Beethoven

Edna St. Vincent Millay - On hearing a symphony of...

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Unformatted text preview: \ C ollected PoelllS ;­ EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY Edited by Norma Millay ~B Harper & Brothers Publishers New York C OllECTED POEMS Copyright 1917, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1928, 193', 1933, 1934> 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1950, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. , Copyright, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1951 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, by Norma Millay Eilis. An Ancient Gesture: Copyright, 1949, by Curtis Publishing Company. Printed in the United States i f America. All rights in this hook are reserved. No part i f the book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the cast i f briif quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For iriformation address Harper & Brothers 49 East 33rd Street, New York 16, N. Y. :nascence __ , ( ctt~ .~ t o S orrow /~. J (#3 }) fJ I ~ f>-4-. cY'7 ) ' - u/l. Songs o f S hattering h /t)i P A ,.Lj::.G I. The first rose on my rose~tree II. Let the little birds sing V /cJ III. All the dog~wood blossoms are underneath the tree t r"Shroud p- f 6)< ~-pf 56~~/?1P From Second April L 6 v-L~ , Trees Blue-Flag in t he Bog Library i f Congress catalog card number: 56-8756 ()~ {Lp~ v \ lxix On Hearing a Symphony o j Beethoven Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease! Reject me n ot i nto the world again. With you alone is excellence and peace, Mankind made plausible, his purpose plain. Enchanted in your air benign and shrewd, With limbs a-sprawl and empty faces pale, The spiteful and the stingy and the rude Sleep like the scullions in the fairy-tale. This m oment is the best the world can give: The tranquil blossom o n the tortured stem. Reject me not, sweet sounds! oh, let me live, Till D oom espy my towers and scatter them, A city spell-bound under the aging sun, Music my rampart, and my only one. ...
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