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February 11, 2009 Raleigh, North Carolina From the Academy Audio Archive
About this Poem 
“Assault” was first published in Second April (Mitchell Kennerley, 1921).
 

Assault

I.

I had forgotten how the frogs must sound
After a year of silence, else I think
I should not so have ventured forth alone
At dusk upon this unfrequented road.

II.

I am waylaid by Beauty. Who will walk
Between me and the crying of the frogs?
Oh, savage Beauty, suffer me to pass,
That am a timid woman, on her way
From one house to another!

 

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 15, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

 

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 15, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

 
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine.

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Ebb
I know what my heart is like
      Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
      Left there by the tide,
      A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.
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Love, though for this you riddle me with darts,
     And drag me at your chariot till I die—
Oh, heavy prince! oh, panderer of hearts!—
     Yet hear me tell how in their throats they lie
Who shout you mighty: thick about my hair,
     Day in, day out, your ominous arrows purr,
Who

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Boys and girls that held her dear,
   Do your weeping now;
All you loved of her lies here.

Brought to earth the arrogant brow,
   And the withering tongue
Chastened; do your weeping now.

Sing whatever songs are sung,
   Wind whatever wreath,
For a playmate perished young,