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Edna St. Vincent Millay (Эдна Сент-Винсент Миллей)


Elegy


Let them bury your big eyes
In the secret earth securely,
Your thin fingers, and your fair,
Soft, indefinite-colored hair,—
All of these in some way, surely,
From the secret earth shall rise;
Not for these I sit and stare,
Broken and bereft completely;
Your young flesh that sat so neatly
On your little bones will sweetly
Blossom in the air.

But your voice,—never the rushing
Of a river underground,
Not the rising of the wind
In the trees before the rain,
Not the woodcock’s watery call,
Not the note the white-throat utters,
Not the feet of children pushing
Yellow leaves along the gutters
In the blue and bitter fall,
Shall content my musing mind
For the beauty of that sound
That in no new way at all
Ever will be heard again.

Sweetly through the sappy stalk
Of the vigorous weed,
Holding all it held before,
Cherished by the faithful sun,
On and on eternally
Shall your altered fluid run,
Bud and bloom and go to seed;
But your singing days are done;
But the music of your talk
Never shall the chemistry
Of the secret earth restore.
All your lovely words are spoken.
Once the ivory box is broken,
Beats the golden bird no more.



Edna St. Vincent Millay's other poems:
  1. The Plaid Dress
  2. Second Fig
  3. The Shroud
  4. Weeds
  5. Scrub


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Charlotte Smith (Шарлотта Смит) Elegy ("DARK gathering clouds involve the threatening skies")
  • Aleister Crowley (Алистер Кроули) Elegy ("Here rests beneath this hospitable spot")
  • Anne Hunter (Энн Хантер) Elegy ("SIGH not, ye winds, as passing o'er")
  • Dylan Thomas (Дилан Томас) Elegy ("Too proud to die; broken and blind he died")

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