I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently

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 shorn of pride,
Spread like a chart my little wicked ways.
I, that had been to you, had you remained,
But one more waking form a recurrent dream,
Cherish no less the certain stakes I gain,
and walk you memory’s halls, austere, supreme,
A ghost in marble of a girl you knew
Who would have loved you in a day or two.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

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