Ballad · British Culture · British Literature · Classic · Collection · Decadent Movement · Excerpt · Passage · Poetry · Pre-Raphaelite

Algernon Charles Swinburne

I am tired of tears and laughter,
And men that laugh and weep;
Of what may come hereafter
For men that sow to reap:
I am weary of days and hours,
Blown buds of barren flowers,
Desires and dreams and powers
And everything but sleep.

— Algernon Charles Swinburne, from “The Garden of Proserpine,” Poems and Ballads. (1866)

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