To One Who Might Have Born a Message


"To One Who Might Have Borne a Message" is the third song of Richard Pearson's song cycle Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

To One Who Might Have Borne a Message
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Had I know that you were going
I would have given you messages for her,
Now two years dead,
Whom I shall always love.

As it is, should she entreat you how it goes with me,
You must reply: as well as with most, you fancy;
That I love easily, and pass the time.

And she will not know how all day long between
My life and me her shadow intervenes,
A young thin girl,
Wearing a white skirt and a purple sweater
And a narrow pale blue ribbon about her hair.

I used to say to her, "I love you
Because your face is such a pretty colour,
No other reason."

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