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Edna St. Vincent Millay (Эдна Сент-Винсент Миллей)


Well, I Have Lost You


Well, I have lost you; and I lost you fairly;
In my own way, and with my full consent.
Say what you will, kings in a tumbrel rarely
Went to their deaths more proud than this one went.
Some nights of apprehension and hot weeping
I will confess; but that’s permitted me;
Day dried my eyes; I was not one for keeping
Rubbed in a cage a wing that would be free.
If I had loved you less or played you slyly
I might have held you for a summer more,
But at the cost of words I value highly,
And no such summer as the one before.
Should I outlive this anguish—and men do—
I shall have only good to say of you.



Edna St. Vincent Millay's other poems:
  1. Renascence
  2. Memorial to D.C.
  3. Whereas At Morning In A Jeweled Crown
  4. The True Encounter
  5. The Leaf and the Tree


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