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Gary Lee Joyner: Sonnet #47 (2015)

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© Copyright 2015 Gary Lee Joyner
Lyrics: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Music: Gary Lee Joyner

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XLVII

Well, I have lost you; and I lost you fairly;

In my own way, and with my full consent.

Say what you will, kings in a tumbrel rarely

Went to their deaths more proud than this one went.

Some nights of apprehension and hot weeping

I will confess; but that's permitted me;

Day dried my eyes; I was not one for keeping

Rubbed in a cage a wing that would be free.

If I had loved you less or played you slyly

I might have held you for a summer more,

But at the cost of words I value highly,

And no such summer as the one before.

Should I outlive this anguish — and men do —

I shall have only good to say of you.