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Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950).  Renascence and Other Poems.  1917.
 
19. “Time does not bring relief; you all have lied”
 
Sonnet II
 
 
TIME does not bring relief; you all have lied
    Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
    I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,        5
    And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
    But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide!
 
There are a hundred places where I fear
    To go,—so with his memory they brim!        10
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, “There is no memory of him here!”
    And so stand stricken, so remembering him!
 

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