Song of the Harper – Excerpt

A poem written in an old Saxon style/vocabulary, as an opener for an opera Millay helped write. I believe it was called The King’s Henchmen, and here is a short passage from the opening poem, Song of the Harper:

Wild as the white waves
Rushing and roaring,
Heaving the wrack
High up the headland;
Hoarse as the howling
Winds of the winter . . .

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

I have just really fallen in love with Millay’s poetry, and the more I read it, the more I love it. Fantastic stuff really.


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