"...Here it is dark, for more I may not vouch." ~E. Wylie


An American living in Leicester, UK. Working on a PhD. in English Studies. This blog is a small oasis for me outside of academia, where I can post pretty things and brilliant words and memories of things past.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1926.



Not even my pride shall suffer much;
Not even my pride at all, maybe,
If this ill-timed, intemperate clutch
Be loosed by you and not by me,
Will suffer; I have been so true
A vestal to that only pride
Wet wood cannot extinguish, nor
Sand, nor its embers scattered, for,
See all these years, it has not died.
 
And if indeed, as I dare think,
You cannot push this patient flame,
By any breath your lungs could store,
Even for a moment to the floor
To crawl there, even for a moment crawl,
What can you mix for me to drink
That shall deflect me? What you do
Is either malice, crude defense
Of ego, or indifference:
I know these things as well as you;
You do not dazzle me at all—
 
Some love, and some simplicity,
Might well have been the death of me—
                          Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1926.

Not even my pride shall suffer much;

Not even my pride at all, maybe,

If this ill-timed, intemperate clutch

Be loosed by you and not by me,

Will suffer; I have been so true

A vestal to that only pride

Wet wood cannot extinguish, nor

Sand, nor its embers scattered, for,

See all these years, it has not died.

 

And if indeed, as I dare think,

You cannot push this patient flame,

By any breath your lungs could store,

Even for a moment to the floor

To crawl there, even for a moment crawl,

What can you mix for me to drink

That shall deflect me? What you do

Is either malice, crude defense

Of ego, or indifference:

I know these things as well as you;

You do not dazzle me at all—

 

Some love, and some simplicity,

Might well have been the death of me—

                          Edna St. Vincent Millay

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