Second April

Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay


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.


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Chicago: Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Lament," Second April, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in Second April (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed March 29, 2023,

MLA: Millay, Edna St. Vincent. "Lament." Second April, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in Second April, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 29 Mar. 2023.

Harvard: Millay, ES, 'Lament' in Second April, ed. . cited in 1850, Second April, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 29 March 2023, from