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Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919)

Engaged Too Long


              1Why do I grieve with summer here?
              2I want the flower that died last year;
              3I want the old drops of the dew,
              4And my old love, sir, and not you.

              5Younger than you, nor quite so wise,
              6Was he who had your hair and eyes,
              7Who said, "I love you" first, you see;
              8This you repeat, and weary me.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Palace–Burner: The Selected Poetry of Sarah Piatt (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2001): 94.
Publication date note: The Atlantic Monthly (1879)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/4/15

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: aabb


Other poems by Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt