I sue thee not for pity on my case.
If I have sinned, the judgment has begun.
My joy was but one day of all the days,
And clouds have blotted it and hid the sun.
Thou wert so much to me! But soon I knew
How small a part could mine be in thy life,
That all a woman may endure or do
Counts little to her hero in the strife.
I do not blame thee who deserved no blame;
Thou hast so many worlds within thy ken.
I staked my all upon a losing game,
Knowing the nature and the needs of men,
And knowing too how quickly pride is spent.
With open eyes to Love and Death I went.
More verses by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
- A Woman’s Sonnets: Iii
- Esther, A Sonnet Sequence: Xl
- Esther, A Sonnet Sequence: Liv
- Esther, A Sonnet Sequence: Lv
- Esther, A Sonnet Sequence: Lvii