Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sonnet 86

Fatal Interview
Sweet love, sweet thorn, when lightly to my heart I took your thrust, whereby I since am slain, And lie disheveled in the grass apart, A sodden thing bedrenched by tears and rain, While rainy evening drips to misty night, And misty night to cloudy morning clears, And clouds disperse across the gathering light, And birds grow noisy, and the sun appears — Had I bethought me then, sweet love, sweet thorn, How sharp an anguish even at the best, When all's requited and the future's sworn, The happy hour can leave within the breast, I had not so come running at the call Of one who loves me little, if at all.