Time Does Not Bring Relief: You All Have Lied

By Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950
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,   
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.   
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.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Time Does Not Bring Relief” from Collected Poems. Copyright 1931, © 1958 by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Norma Millay Ellis. Reprinted with permission of Elizabeth Barnett and Holly Peppe, Literary Executors, The Millay Society.

Source: Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2004)

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Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Love, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Relationships, Time & Brevity, Infatuation & Crushes, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss

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Throughout much of her career, Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of the most successful and respected poets in America. She is noted for both her dramatic works, including Aria da capo, The Lamp and the Bell, and the libretto composed for an opera, The King’s Henchman, and for such lyric verses as “Renascence” and the poems found in the collections A Few Figs From Thistles, Second April, and The Ballad of the . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Relationships, Time & Brevity, Infatuation & Crushes, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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