A Celebration of Women Writers

"Doubt No More That Oberon" by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
From Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Second April   New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1921. pp. 62-63.

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DOUBT no more that Oberon
Never doubt that Pan
Lived, and played a reed, and ran
After nymphs in a dark forest,
In the merry, credulous days,
Lived, and led a fairy band
Over the indulgent land !
Ah, for in this dourest, sorest
Age man's eye has looked upon,
Death to fauns and death to fays,
Still the dog-wood dares to raise
Healthy tree, with trunk and root

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Ivory bowls that bear no fruit,
And the starlings and the jays
Birds that cannot even sing
Dare to come again in spring !

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom