Swan Song By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Swan Song We are not sure of sorrow, And joy was never sure; To-day will die tomorrow; Time stoops to no man’s lure; And love…

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On The Downs By Algernon Charles Swinburn

On The Downs A faint sea without wind or sun; A sky like flameless vapour dun; A valley like an unsealed grave That no man…

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In The Orchard By Algernon Charles Swinburn

In The Orchard LEAVE go my hands, let me catch breath and see; Let the dew-fall drench either side of me; Clear apple-leaves are soft…

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Epiloguexxi ‘tristram Of Lyonesse’ By Algernon Charles Swinburn

EpilogueXxi ‘Tristram Of Lyonesse’ OUR MOTHER, which wast twice, as history saith, Found first among the nations: once, when she Who bore thine ensign saw…

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Ave Atque Vale (In Memory Of Charles Baudelaire) By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Ave Atque Vale (In Memory Of Charles Baudelaire) SHALL I strew on thee rose or rue or laurel,    Brother, on this that was the veil…

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A Match By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Match If love were what the rose is, And I were like the leaf, Our lives would grow together In sad or singing weather,…

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Time And Life By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Time And Life I. Time, thy name is sorrow, says the stricken Heart of life, laid waste with wasting flame Ere the change of things…

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The Oblation By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Oblation Ask nothing more of me, sweet; All I can give you I give. Heart of my heart, were it more, More would be…

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Sestina By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Sestina I saw my soul at rest upon a day As a bird sleeping in the nest of night, Among soft leaves that give the…

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May Janet By Algernon Charles Swinburn

May Janet “STAND UP, stand up, thou May Janet, And go to the wars with me.” He’s drawn her by both hands With her face…

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Hymn Of Man By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Hymn Of Man In the grey beginning of years, in the twilight of things that began, The word of the earth in the ears of…

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Dedication By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Dedication THE SEA gives her shells to the shingle, The earth gives her streams to the sea; They are many, but my gift is single,…

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Anonymous Plays Xvii By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Anonymous Plays Xvii YE TOO, dim watchfires of some darkling hour, Whose fame forlorn time saves not nor proclaims For ever, but forgetfulness defames And…

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A Clasp Of Hands By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Clasp Of Hands SOFT, small, and sweet as sunniest flowers That bask in heavenly heat When bud by bud breaks, breathes, and cowers, Soft,…

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The Masque Of Queen Bersabe A Miracle-Play By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Masque Of Queen Bersabe A Miracle-Play KING DAVID. Knights mine, all that be in hall, I have a counsel to you all, Because of…

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Plus Ultra By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Plus Ultra Far beyond the sunrise and the sunset rises Heaven, with worlds on worlds that lighten and respond: Thought can see not thence the…

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Let Us Go By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Let Us Go Let us go hence, my songs; she will not hear. Let us go hence together without fear; Keep silence now, for singing-time…

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Had I Wist By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Had I Wist Had I wist, when life was like a warm wind playing Light and loud through sundawn and the dew’s bright trust, How…

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Blessed Among Women –To The Signora Cairoli By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Blessed Among Women –To The Signora Cairoli Blessed was she that bare, Hidden in flesh most fair, For all men’s sake the likeness of all…

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A Watch In The Night By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Watch In The Night Watchman, what of the night? – Storm and thunder and rain, Lights that waver and wane, Leaving the watchfires unlit….

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A Baby’s Death By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Baby’s Death A little soul scarce fledged for earth Takes wing with heaven again for goal Even while we hailed as fresh from birth…

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Super Flumina Babylonis By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Super Flumina Babylonis By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, Remembering thee, That for ages of agony hast endured, and slept, And…

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On Lamb’s Specimens Of Dramatic Poets Sonnets By Algernon Charles Swinburn

On Lamb’s Specimens Of Dramatic Poets Sonnets I. IF ALL the flowers of all the fields on earth By wonder-working summer were made one, Its…

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In Sark By Algernon Charles Swinburn

In Sark Abreast and ahead of the sea is a crag’s front cloven asunder With strong sea-breach and with wasting of winds whence terror is…

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Epilogue By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Epilogue Between the wave-ridge and the strand I let you forth in sight of land, Songs that with storm-crossed wings and eyes Strain eastward till…

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Autumn And Winter By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Autumn And Winter Three months bade wane and wax the wintering moon Between two dates of death, while men were fain Yet of the living…

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A Litany By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Litany FIRST ANTIPHONE. ALL the bright lights of heaven I will make dark over thee; One night shall be as seven That its skirts…

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Thomas Middleton Ix By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Thomas Middleton Ix A WILD MOON riding high from cloud to cloud, That sees and sees not, glimmering far beneath, Hell’s children revel along the…

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The Sea-Swallows By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Sea-Swallows THIS FELL when Christmas lights were done, Red rose leaves will never make wine; But before the Easter lights begun; The ways are…

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Sapphics By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Sapphics All the night sleep came not upon my eyelids, Shed not dew, nor shook nor unclosed a feather, Yet with lips shut close and…

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Messidor By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Messidor Put in the sickles and reap; For the morning of harvest is red, And the long large ranks of the corn Coloured and clothed…

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Hesperia By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Hesperia OUT OF the golden remote wild west where the sea without shore is, Full of the sunset, and sad, if at all, with the…

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Cor Cordium By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Cor Cordium O heart of hearts, the chalice of love’s fire, Hid round with flowers and all the bounty of bloom; O wonderful and perfect…

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Anima Anceps By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Anima Anceps TILL death have broken Sweet life’s love-token, Till all be spoken That shall be said, What dost thou praying, O soul, and playing…

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A Christmas Carol By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Christmas Carol THREE DAMSELS in the queen’s chamber, The queen’s mouth was most fair; She spake a word of God’s mother As the combs…

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The Halt Before Rome–September 1867 By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Halt Before Rome–September 1867 Is it so, that the sword is broken, Our sword, that was halfway drawn? Is it so, that the light…

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Plus Intra By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Plus Intra Soul within sense, immeasurable, obscure, Insepulchred and deathless, through the dense Deep elements may scarce be felt as pure Soul within sense. From…

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Love At Sea By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Love At Sea WE ARE in love’s land to-day; Where shall we go? Love, shall we start or stay, Or sail or row? There’s many…

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First Footsteps By Algernon Charles Swinburn

First Footsteps A little way, more soft and sweet Than fields aflower with May, A babe’s feet, venturing, scarce complete A little way. Eyes full…

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Birth And Death By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Birth And Death Birth and death, twin-sister and twin-brother, Night and day, on all things that draw breath, Reign, while time keeps friends with one…

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A Swimmer’s Dream By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Swimmer’s Dream Somno mollior unda I Dawn is dim on the dark soft water, Soft and passionate, dark and sweet. Love’s own self was…

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Wasted Love By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Wasted Love What shall be done for sorrow With love whose race is run? Where help is none to borrow, What shall be done? In…

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The Complaint Of Lisa By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Complaint Of Lisa There is no woman living who draws breath So sad as I, though all things sadden her. There is not one…

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Ode On The Insurrection In Candia By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Ode On The Insurrection In Candia STR. 1 I laid my laurel-leaf At the white feet of grief, Seeing how with covered face and plumeless…

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Insularum Ocelle By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Insularum Ocelle Sark, fairer than aught in the world that the lit skies cover, Laughs inly behind her cliffs, and the seafarers mark As a…

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Dickens Sonnets By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Dickens Sonnets CHIEF in thy generation born of men Whom English praise acclaimed as English-born, With eyes that matched the worldwide eyes of morn For…

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August By Algernon Charles Swinburn

August THERE WERE four apples on the bough, Half gold half red, that one might know The blood was ripe inside the core; The colour…

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A Leave-Taking By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Leave-Taking A Leave-Taking Let us go hence, my songs; she will not hear. Let us go hence together without fear; Keep silence now, for…

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Thomas Heywood X By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Thomas Heywood X TOM, if they loved thee best who called thee Tom. What else may all men call thee, seeing thus bright Even yet…

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The Salt Of The Earth By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Salt Of The Earth IF childhood were not in the world, But only men and women grown; No baby-locks in tendrils curled, No baby-blossoms…

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Rondel By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Rondel THESE many years since we began to be, What have the gods done with us? what with me, What with my love? they have…

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Mater Dolorosa By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Mater Dolorosa Who is this that sits by the way, by the wild wayside, In a rent stained raiment, the robe of a cast-off bride,…

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Hope And Fear By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Hope And Fear Beneath the shadow of dawn’s aërial cope, With eyes enkindled as the sun’s own sphere, Hope from the front of youth in…

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Comparisons By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Comparisons CHILD, when they say that others Have been or are like you, Babes fit to be your brothers, Sweet human drops of dew, Bright…

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Anactoria By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Anactoria MY LIFE is bitter with thy love; thine eyes Blind me, thy tresses burn me, thy sharp sighs Divide my flesh and spirit with…

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A Child’s Laughter By Algernon Charles Swinburn

A Child’s Laughter ALL the bells of heaven may ring, All the birds of heaven may sing, All the wells on earth may spring, All…

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The Higher Pantheism In A Nutshell By Algernon Charles Swinburn

The Higher Pantheism In A Nutshell One, who is not, we see; but one, whom we see not, is; Surely this is not that; but…

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Prelude – Tristan And Isolde By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Prelude – Tristan And Isolde Fate, out of the deep sea’s gloom, When a man’s heart’s pride grows great, And nought seems now to foredoom…

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Lines On The Death Of Edward John Trelawny By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Lines On The Death Of Edward John Trelawny LAST high star of the years whose thunder Still men’s listening remembrance hears, Last light left of…

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Etude Realiste By Algernon Charles Swinburn

Etude Realiste A Baby’s feet, like sea-shells pink, Might tempt, should heaven see meet, An angel’s lips to kiss, we think, A baby’s feet. Like…

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