Second April

Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay


Only until this cigarette is ended,
A little moment at the end of all,
While on the floor the quiet ashes fall,
And in the firelight to a lance extended,
Bizarrely with the jazzing music blended,
The broken shadow dances on the wall,
I will permit my memory to recall
The vision of you, by all my dreams attended.
And then adieu,—farewell!—the dream is done.
Yours is a face of which I can forget
The color and the features, every one,
The words not ever, and the smiles not yet;
But in your day this moment is the sun
Upon a hill, after the sun has set.


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Chicago: Edna St. Vincent Millay, "IV," Second April, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in Second April (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022,

MLA: Millay, Edna St. Vincent. "IV." Second April, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in Second April, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2022.

Harvard: Millay, ES, 'IV' in Second April, ed. . cited in 1850, Second April, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2022, from