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Sonnet 48,307


You say, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost…”
And while a trace of wisdom this contains,
It’s too convenient loss be over-glossed,
Yet wordless goes the heartache that remains.
Is then a kiss more sweet in retrospect
When now thy lips are parched – rememb’ring all
The times when they were bathed in Love’s effect?
Are hugs more tender when they are recalled?
Should then the former lover prize the bed
That once was warm, now desolate and cold?
Or learn to love, as by thy words I’m lead,
All which is inaccessible and old?
If thou contend’st that never loving’s worse,
I beg – experience the other first.