Second April

Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay


Mine is a body that should die at sea!
And have for a grave, instead of a grave
Six feet deep and the length of me,
All the water that is under the wave!

And terrible fishes to seize my flesh,
Such as a living man might fear,
And eat me while I am firm and fresh,—
Not wait till I’ve been dead for a year!


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Chicago: Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Burial," Second April, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in Second April (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed February 23, 2024,

MLA: Millay, Edna St. Vincent. "Burial." Second April, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in Second April, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 23 Feb. 2024.

Harvard: Millay, ES, 'Burial' in Second April, ed. . cited in 1850, Second April, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 February 2024, from