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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Before the beginning of years
There came to the making of man
Time, with a gift of tears;
Grief, with a glass that ran;
Pleasure, with pain for leaven;
Summer, with flowers that fell;
Remembrance, fallen from heaven,
And madness risen from hell;
Strength without hands to smite;
Love that endures for a breath;
Night, the shadow of light,
And Life, the shadow of death.

― Algernon Charles Swinburne, from “Chorus from ‘Atalanta’,” Poems and Ballads & Atalanta in Calydon. (Penguin Classics; Reprint edition, April 1, 2001)


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