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Edna St. Vincent Millay - I Think I Should Have Loved You

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I THINK I should have loved you presently,
And given in earnest words I flung in jest;
And lifted honest eyes for you to see,
And caught your hand against my cheek and breast;
And all my pretty follies flung aside
That won you to me, and beneath your gaze,
Naked of reticence and shorn of pride, 
Spread like a chart my little wicked ways.
I, that had been to you, had you remained, 
But one more waking from a recurrent dream,
Cherish no less the certain stakes I gained,
And walk your memory's halls, austere, supreme,
A ghost in marble of a girl you knew
Who would have loved you in a day or two.

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: 2. I Think I Should Have Loved You
Volume: A Few Figs From Thistles
- Four Sonnets
Year: Published/Written in 1921
Poem of the Day: Mar 6 2014

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 28th, 2008 at 10:34 PM.

This is such a sincere sentiment, a love lost before it was recognized...amazing.

robin from United States

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