To Helen in a Huff
by Nathaniel Parker Willis
586234To Helen in a HuffNathaniel Parker Willis

Nay, lady, one frown is enough
  In a life as soon over as this—
And though minutes seem long in a huff,
  They're minutes 'tis pity to miss!
The smiles you imprison so lightly
  Are reckon'd, like days in eclipse;
And though you may smile again brightly,
  You've lost so much light from your lips!
           Pray, lady, smile!

The cup that is longest untasted
  May be with our bliss running o'er,
And, love when we will, we have wasted
  An age in not loving before!
Perchance Cupid's forging a fetter
  To tie us together some day,
And, just for the chance, we had better
  Be laying up love, I should say!
           Nay, lady, smile!