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Edna St. Vincent Millay - The Penitent

I had a little Sorrow,
Born of a little Sin,
I found a room all damp with gloom
And shut us all within;
And, "Little Sorrow, weep," said I,
"And, Little Sin, pray God to die,
And I upon the floor will lie
And think how bad I've been!"

Alas for pious planning—
It mattered not a whit!
As far as gloom went in that room,
The lamp might have been lit!
My little Sorrow would not weep,
My little Sin would go to sleep—
To save my soul I could not keep
My graceless mind on it!

So I got up in anger,
And took a book I had,
And put a ribbon on my hair
To please a passing lad,
And, "One thing there's no getting by—
I've been a wicked girl," said I:
"But if I can't be sorry, why,
I might as well be glad!"

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: The Penitent

Comment 1 of 1, added on May 3rd, 2006 at 5:37 PM.

This is a good poem, and not too hard to understand. I like the idea of just getting up and being happy, no matter how bad you have been or how bad life's been with you. This is something I try to do everyday, and many others should too.

Naota

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