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I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds With quiet eyes, Watch the wind bow down the grass, And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show Up from the town, I will mark which must be mine, And then start down!
This poem is in the public domain.
About This Poem
"Afternoon on a Hill" was published in Renascence and Other Poems (Harper & Brothers, 1917).
Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, in 1892. Her collections of poetry include Second April (Harper & Brothers, 1921) and The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver (F. Shay, 1922), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She died in 1950.
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