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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Elegy before Death
 
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)
 
 
THERE will be rose and rhododendron
  When you are dead and underground;
Still will be heard from white Syringas
  Heavy with bees, a sunny sound;
 
Still will the tamaracks be raining.        5
  After the rain has ceased, and still
Will there be robbins in the stubble,
  Brown sheep upon the warm, green hill.
 
Spring will not all, nor autumn falter,
  Nothing will know that you are gone,        10
Saving alone some sullen plowland
  None but yourself sets foot upon;
 
Saving the mayweed and the pigweed
  Nothing will know that you are dead—
These, and perhaps a useless wagon        15
  Standing beside some tumbled shed.
 
Oh, there will pass with your great passing
  Little of beauty not your own;
Only the light from common water,
  Only the grace from simple stone!

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