Listen, children, Your father is dead. From his old coats I'll make you little jackets; I'll make you little trousers From his old pants. There'll be in his pockets Things he used to put there: Keys and pennies Covered with tobacco. Dan shall have the pennies To save in his bank; Anne shall have the keys To make a pretty noise with. Life must go on And the dead be forgotten; Life must go on Though good men die. Anne, eat your breakfast; Dan, take your medicine. Life must go on; I forget just why.
- by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), "Lament", appears in Second April, first published 1921 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Lucy W. Ricketts , "Lament", published 1945 [voice and piano], from Elegiac Songs [text not verified]
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