Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sonnet 164

And if I die, because that part of me
Which part alone of me had chance to live,
Chose to be honour's threshing floor, a sieve
Where right through wrong might make its way, and be;
If from all taint of indignation, free
Must be my art, and thereby fugitive
From all that threatens it — why — let me give
To moles my dubious immortality.
For, should I cancel by one passionate screed
All that in chaste reflection I have writ,
So that again not ever in bright need
A man shall want my verse and reach for it,
I and my verses will be dead indeed, —
That which we died to champion, hurt no whit.