Edna St. Vincent Millay

(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950 / Rockland / Maine / United States)

Pity Me Not Because The Light Of Day - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Pity me not because the light of day
At close of day no longer walks the sky;
Pity me not for beauties passed away
From field and thicket as the the year goes by;
Pity me not the waning of the moon,
Nor that the ebbing tide goes out to sea,
Nor that a man's desire is hushed so soon,
And you no longer look with love on me.
This have I known always: Love is no more
Than the wide blossom which the wind assails,
Than the great tide that treads the shifting shore,
Strewing fresh wreckage gathered in the gales:
Pity me that the heart is slow to learn
What the swift mind beholds at ever turn.


Comments about Pity Me Not Because The Light Of Day by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (8/27/2018 9:17:00 AM)

    Text is incorrect. Should be...every turn in the last line. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/12/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    Error in
    line 4 = the the year SHOULD READ the year
    line 14 = every turn (not ever turn)
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  • (3/19/2018 5:08:00 AM)

    ok........................................................................................................................................................... (Report)Reply

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  • (5/17/2014 12:23:00 PM)

    Have always enjoyed reading this particular piece. (Report)Reply

    (8/27/2018 9:18:00 AM)

    Have always enjoyed quoting those last two lines to my girlfriend whenever appropriate.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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