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The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver

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  • The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

    “Son,” said my mother,'

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  • When I was knee-high,

  • “You’ve need of clothes to cover you,

  • And not a rag have I.

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  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

    “There’s nothing in the house

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  • To make a boy breeches,

  • Nor shears to cut a cloth with

  • Nor thread to take stitches.

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  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

    “There’s nothing in the house

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  • But a loaf-end of rye,

  • And a harp with a woman’s head

  • Nobody will buy,”

  • And she began to cry.

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  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

    That was in the early fall.

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  • When came the late fall,

  • “Son,” she said, “the sight of you