As I sat down by Saddle Stream
To bathe my dusty feet there,
A boy was standing on the bridge
Any girl would meet there.

As I went over Woody Knob
And dipped into the hollow,
A youth was coming up the hill
Any maid would follow.

Then in I turned at my own gate,-
And nothing to be sad for-
To such a man as any wife
Would pass a pretty lad for.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem The Return From Town

2 Comments

  1. Gunnar says:

    Thanks for noticing, Joel. I have corrected the typo.

  2. Joel Van Valin says:

    This is one of my favorite poems by Millay.

    There is a line missing above, though. You will notice the 2nd stanza has only 3 lines. It should read something like (this is from memory though):

    As I went over Woody Knob
    And dipped into the hollow
    A youth was coming up the hill
    Any maid would follow.

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