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down down into the darkness of the grave
Posted by: sdwoods (68.114.3.---)
Date: January 23, 2004 06:02PM

Hi. I do not know the author and I dont know where these lines are in the poem, or if the words are in the right order in the phrases that I have here. This is all I have. Greatly appreciated if anyone can help


down, down into the darkness of the grave

gentle they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind

Quietly they go, the witty, the brave,

I know, but I do not approve


Re: Help finding author and poem
Posted by: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: January 23, 2004 08:00PM

"Dirge without Words", Edna St Vincent Millay:

[www.cs.rice.edu]


Re: Help finding author and poem
Posted by: sdwoods (---.cpe.ga.charter.com)
Date: January 24, 2004 12:43AM

Thank you very much,,,,,,,,,,Steph


Re: down down into the darkness of the grave
Posted by: ALN (---.gsi.gov.uk)
Date: January 26, 2004 01:06PM

Tigermonkey - I know this one as 'Dirge without Music', might be an idea to check the website version for accuracy... The text as it appears in my collected edition is below.

Alex


'Dirge without Music'

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind.
Into the ground they go, the wise and the lovely,
Crowned with lilies and laurels they go; but I am not resigned.
Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains but the best is lost.


The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses.
Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom.
I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.


Down, down into the darkness of the earth they go,
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind,
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve.
And I am not resigned.





Edna St Vincent Millay


Re: down down into the darkness of the grave
Posted by: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: January 27, 2004 06:40PM

Alex - you (and the website) are completely right and I am completely daft.

Of course it's Dirge without Music - my fingers thought otherwise though, without consulting either my eyes or my brain....

My only defence is that I do all my Internet work late at night when I should really be in bed.... smiling smiley




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