Algernon Charles Swinburne
On Lamb’s Specimens Of Dramatic Poets: Sonnets by Algernon Charles Swinburne

On Lamb’s Specimens Of Dramatic Poets: Sonnets by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I.IF ALL the flowers of all the fields on earthBy wonder-working summer were made one,Its fragrance were not sweeter in the sun,Its treasure-house of leaves were not more ...

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The King’s Daughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The King’s Daughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne

WE WERE ten maidens in the green corn,Small red leaves in the mill-water:Fairer maidens never were born,Apples of gold for the king’s daughter.We were ten maidens by a ...

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A Night-Piece By Millet by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Night-Piece By Millet by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Wind and sea and cloud and cloud-forsakingMirth of moonlight where the storm leaves freeHeaven awhile, for all the wrath of waking Wind and sea.Bright with glad mad rapture, ...

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Prelude – Tristan And Isolde by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Prelude – Tristan And Isolde by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fate, out of the deep sea's gloom,When a man's heart's pride grows great,And nought seems now to foredoom Fate,Fate, laden with fears in wait,Draws close through the clouds that ...

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A Child’s Battles by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Child’s Battles by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Praise of the knights of oldMay sleep: their tale is told,And no man cares:The praise which fires our lips isA knight's whose fame eclipsesAll of theirs.The ruddiest light in ...

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A Jacobite’s Exile by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Jacobite’s Exile by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The weary day runs down and dies,The weary night wears through:And never an hour is fair wi' flower,And never a flower wi' dew.I would the day were night for me,I would the night ...

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A Baby’s Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Baby’s Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A little soul scarce fledged for earthTakes wing with heaven again for goalEven while we hailed as fresh from birth A little soul.Our thoughts ring sad as bells that toll,Not ...

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A Flower-Piece By Fantin by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Flower-Piece By Fantin by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Heart's ease or pansy, pleasure or thought,Which would the picture give us of these?Surely the heart that conceived it sought Heart's ease.Surely by glad and divine degreesThe ...

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A Child’s Laughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Child’s Laughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne

ALL the bells of heaven may ring,All the birds of heaven may sing,All the wells on earth may spring,All the winds on earth may bring All sweet sounds together---Sweeter far ...

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A Swimmer’s Dream by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Swimmer’s Dream by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Somno mollior unda I Dawn is dim on the dark soft water, Soft and passionate, dark and sweet. Love's own self was the deep sea's daughter, Fair and flawless from face to feet, ...

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In Memory Of Walter Savage Landor by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In Memory Of Walter Savage Landor by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Back to the flower-town, side by side, The bright months bring, New-born, the bridegroom and the bride, Freedom and spring. The sweet land laughs from sea to ...

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The Halt Before Rome–September 1867 by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Halt Before Rome–September 1867 by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Is it so, that the sword is broken, Our sword, that was halfway drawn?Is it so, that the light was a spark,That the bird we hailed as the larkSang in her sleep in the dark,And ...

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In Guernsey – To Theodore Watts by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In Guernsey – To Theodore Watts by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The heavenly bay, ringed round with cliffs and moors,Storm-stained ravines, and crags that lawns inlay,Soothes as with love the rocks whose guard secures The heavenly bay.O ...

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A Ballad Of François Villon, Prince Of All Ballad-Makers by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Ballad Of François Villon, Prince Of All Ballad-Makers by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bird of the bitter bright grey golden morn Scarce risen upon the dusk of dolorous years, First of us all and sweetest singer born Whose far shrill note the world of new men hears ...

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Étude Réaliste (Excerpts) by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Étude Réaliste (Excerpts) by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A baby's hands, like rosebuds furled Whence yet no leaf expands, Ope if you touch, though close upcurled, A baby's hands. Then, fast as warriors grip their brands When ...

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A Year’s Burden — 1870 by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Year’s Burden — 1870 by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fire and wild light of hope and doubt and fear,Wind of swift change, and clouds and hours that veerAs the storm shifts of the tempestuous year; Cry wellaway, but well befall the ...

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A Baby’s Feet by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Baby’s Feet by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A baby's feet, like sea shells pink,Might tempt, should heaven see meetAn angel's lips to kiss, we think,A baby's feet.Like rose-hued sea flowers toward the heatThey stretch and ...

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Adieux À Marie Stuart by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Adieux À Marie Stuart by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I.QUEEN, for whose house my fathers fought,With hopes that rose and fell,Red star of boyhood’s fiery thought,FarewellThey gave their lives, and I, my queen,Have given you of my ...

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Félise by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Félise by Algernon Charles Swinburne

WHAT shall be said between us hereAmong the downs, between the trees,In fields that knew our feet last year,In sight of quiet sands and seas,This year, Félise?Who knows what word ...

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Anonymous Plays:Xvi – ‘arden Of Feversham’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Anonymous Plays:Xvi – ‘arden Of Feversham’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne

MOTHER whose womb brought forth our man of men,Mother of Shakespeare, whom all time acclaimsQueen therefore, sovereign queen of English dames,Throned higher than sat thy sonless ...

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A New Year’s Message To Joseph Mazzini by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A New Year’s Message To Joseph Mazzini by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Send the stars light, but send not love to me.Shelley.IOut of the dawning heavens that hearYoung wings and feet of the new yearMove through their twilight, and shed roundSoft ...

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Prelude – Lohengrin by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Prelude – Lohengrin by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love, out of the depth of things,As a dewfall felt from above,From the heaven whence only springs Love,Love, heard from the heights thereof,The clouds and the watersprings,Draws ...

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Epilogue:Xxi ‘Tristram Of Lyonesse’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Epilogue:Xxi ‘Tristram Of Lyonesse’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne

OUR MOTHER, which wast twice, as history saith,Found first among the nations: once, when sheWho bore thine ensign saw the God in theeSmite Spain, and bring forth Shakespeare: ...

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Eurydice – To Victor Hugo by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Eurydice – To Victor Hugo by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Orpheus, the night is full of tears and cries, And hardly for the storm and ruin shed Can even thine eyes be certain of her headWho never passed out of thy spirit's eyes,But ...

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Blessed Among Women –To The Signora Cairoli by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Blessed Among Women –To The Signora Cairoli by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Blessed was she that bare, Hidden in flesh most fair,For all men's sake the likeness of all love; Holy that virgin's womb, The old record saith, on whomThe glory of ...

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The Epitaph In Form Of A Ballad Which Villon Made For Himself And His Comrades, Expecting To Be Hanged Along With Them by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Epitaph In Form Of A Ballad Which Villon Made For Himself And His Comrades, Expecting To Be Hanged Along With Them by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Men, brother men, that after us yet live, Let not your hearts too hard against us be; For if some pity of us poor men ye give, The sooner God shall take of you pity. Here are we ...

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Bismarck At Canossa: Sonnets by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bismarck At Canossa: Sonnets by Algernon Charles Swinburne

NOT ALL disgraced, in that Italian town,The imperial German cowered beneath thine hand,Alone indeed imperial Hildebrand,And felt thy foot and Rome’s, and felt her frownAnd thine, ...

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On The Deaths Of Thomas Carlyle And George Eliot: Sonnets by Algernon Charles Swinburne

On The Deaths Of Thomas Carlyle And George Eliot: Sonnets by Algernon Charles Swinburne

TWO SOULS diverse out of our human sightPass, followed one with love and each with wonder:The stormy sophist with his mouth of thunder,Clothed with loud words and mantled in the ...

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Chorus From ‘Atalanta’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Chorus From ‘Atalanta’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne

WHEN the hounds of spring are on winter's traces, The mother of months in meadow or plain Fills the shadows and windy places With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain; And the ...

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A Landscape By Courbet by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Landscape By Courbet by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Low lies the mere beneath the moorside, stillAnd glad of silence: down the wood sweeps clearTo the utmost verge where fed with many a rill Low lies the mere.The wind speaks only ...

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A Year’s Carols by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Year’s Carols by Algernon Charles Swinburne

JANUARYHAIL, January, that bearest hereOn snowbright breasts the babe-faced year That weeps and trembles to be born.Hail, maid and mother, strong and bright,Hooded and cloaked ...

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A Ballad Of Dreamland by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Ballad Of Dreamland by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I hid my heart in a nest of roses,Out of the sun's way, hidden apart;In a softer bed than the soft white snow's is,Under the roses I hid my heart.Why would it sleep not? why ...

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A Baby’s Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Baby’s Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A little soul scarce fledged for earthTakes wing with heaven again for goalEven while we hailed as fresh from birth A little soul.Our thoughts ring sad as bells that toll,Not ...

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A Flower-Piece By Fantin by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Flower-Piece By Fantin by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Heart's ease or pansy, pleasure or thought,Which would the picture give us of these?Surely the heart that conceived it sought Heart's ease.Surely by glad and divine degreesThe ...

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Rococo by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Rococo by Algernon Charles Swinburne

TAKE HANDS and part with laughter;Touch lips and part with tears;Once more and no more after,Whatever comes with years.We twain shall not remeasureThe ways that left us twain;Nor ...

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An Interlude by Algernon Charles Swinburne

An Interlude by Algernon Charles Swinburne

IN the greenest growth of the Maytime,I rode where the woods were wet,Between the dawn and the daytime;The spring was glad that we met.There was something the season wanted,Though ...

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Love Lies Bleeding by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love Lies Bleeding by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love lies bleeding in the bed whereoverRoses lean with smiling mouths or pleading:Earth lies laughing where the sun's dart clove her: Love lies bleeding.Stately shine his purple ...

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A Child’s Laughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Child’s Laughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne

ALL the bells of heaven may ring,All the birds of heaven may sing,All the wells on earth may spring,All the winds on earth may bring All sweet sounds together---Sweeter far ...

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A Dead Friend by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Dead Friend by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I.Gone, O gentle heart and true, Friend of hopes foregone,Hopes and hopeful days with you Gone? Days of old that shoneSaw what none shall see anew, When we gazed thereon.Soul ...

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Four Songs Of Four Seasons by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Four Songs Of Four Seasons by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I. WINTER IN NORTHUMBERLAND OUTSIDE the garden The wet skies harden; The gates are barred on The summer side: "Shut out the flower-time, ...

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A Leave-Taking by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Leave-Taking by Algernon Charles Swinburne

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

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A Forsaken Garden by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Forsaken Garden by Algernon Charles Swinburne

IN a coign of the cliff between lowland and highland, At the sea-down's edge between windward and lee,Walled round with rocks as an inland island, The ghost of a garden ...

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A Ballad Of Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Ballad Of Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Kneel down, fair Love, and fill thyself with tears,Girdle thyself with sighing for a girthUpon the sides of mirth,Cover thy lips and eyelids, let thine earsBe filled with rumour ...

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The Garden Of Prosperine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Garden Of Prosperine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Here, where the world is quiet,Here, where all trouble seemsDead winds' and spent waves' riotIn doubtful dreams of dreams;I watch the green field growingFor reaping folk and ...

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Love And Sleep by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love And Sleep by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love and Sleep Lying asleep between the strokes of night I saw my love lean over my sad bed, Pale as the duskiest ...

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A Match by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Match by Algernon Charles Swinburne

If love were what the rose is, And I were like the leaf, Our lives would grow together In sad or singing weather, Blown fields or flowerful closes, Green pasture or gray grief; If ...

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To A Cat by Algernon Charles Swinburne

To A Cat by Algernon Charles Swinburne

STATELY, kindly, lordly friend, CondescendHere to sit by me, and turnGlorious eyes that smile and burn,Golden eyes, love's lustrous meed,On the golden page I read.All ...

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A Clasp Of Hands by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Clasp Of Hands by Algernon Charles Swinburne

SOFT, small, and sweet as sunniest flowers That bask in heavenly heatWhen bud by bud breaks, breathes, and cowers, Soft, small, and sweet.A babe's hands open as to greet ...

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Laus Veneris by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Laus Veneris by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Asleep or waking is it? for her neck, Kissed over close, wears yet a purple speck Wherein the pained blood falters and goes out; Soft, and stung softly — fairer for a fleck. But ...

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Birth And Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Birth And Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Birth and death, twin-sister and twin-brother,Night and day, on all things that draw breath,Reign, while time keeps friends with one another Birth and death.Each brow-bound with ...

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