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Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950).  Renascence and Other Poems.  1917.
 
12. The Shroud
 
 
DEATH, I say, my heart is bowed
    Unto thine,—O mother!
This red gown will make a shroud
    Good as any other!
 
(I, that would not wait to wear        5
    My own bridal things,
In a dress dark as my hair
    Made my answerings.
 
I, to-night, that till he came
    Could not, could not wait,        10
In a gown as bright as flame
    Held for them the gate.)
 
Death, I say, my heart is bowed
    Unto thine,—O mother!
This red gown will make a shroud        15
    Good as any other!
 

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