Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sonnet 74

Fatal Interview
Of all that ever in extreme disease "Sweet Love, sweet cruel Love, have pity!" cried, Count me the humblest, hold me least of these That wear the red heart crumpled in the side, In heaviest durance, dreaming or awake, Filling the dungeon with their piteous woe; Not that I shriek not till the dungeon shake, "Oh, God! Oh, let me out! Oh, let me go!" But that my chains throughout their iron length Make such a golden clank upon my ear, But that I would not, boasted I the strength, Up with a terrible arm and out of here Where thrusts my morsel daily through the bars This tall, oblivious gaoler eyed with stars.