Lament

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Share article


Listen, children;
Your father is dead.
From his old coats
I'll make you little jackets;
I'll make you little trousers;
From his old pants;
There'll be in his pockets
Things he used to put there,
Keys and pennies
Covered with tobacco;
Dan shall have the pennies
To save in his bank;
Anne shall have the keys
To make a pretty noise with.
Life must go on,
And the dead be forgotten;
Life must go on,
Though good men die;
Anne, eat your breakfast;
Dan, take your medicine;
Life must go on;
I forget just why.