Happy Birthday Edna St. Vincent Millay
“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Today, in 1892, Edna St. Vincent Millay rushed into this world. Born in Rockland, Maine, her parents were Cora Lounella, a nurse, and Henry Tollman Millay, a school teacher. She had two sisters, Norma and Kathleen. Her mother divorced her father in 1904 for financial irresponsibility although they had been separated for several years. Cora and her daughters moved from town to town, living in gentile poverty. Everywhere they went, they carried with them a trunk full of classic literature including Shakespeare and Milton.
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
Thy mists, that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag
To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!
Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this;
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart,—Lord, I do fear
Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year;
My soul is all but out of me,—let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.