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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… Continue reading Algernon Charles Swinburne

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Paul Verlaine

You, memory; absence, me, that tide And time record. Ah, by your side To live again, undying! Aye, To live again! But ma petite, Now nothingness, cold, owns my flesh… Will your love keep my memory fresh? — Paul Verlaine, from “Last Hope,” One Hundred and One Poems by Paul Verlaine: A Bilingual Edition trans.… Continue reading Paul Verlaine

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Charles Baudelaire

To a Madonna Votive Offering in the Spanish Style I want to build for you, Madonna, my mistress, An underground altar in the depths of my grief And carve out in the darkest corner of my heart, Far from worldly desires and mocking looks, A niche, all enameled with azure and with gold, Where you… Continue reading Charles Baudelaire

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Arthur Rimbaud

In summer evenings blue, pricked by the wheat  On rustic paths the thin grass I shall tread, And feel its freshness underneath my feet,  And, dreaming, let the wind bathe my bare head, I shall not speak, nor think, but, walking slow  Through Nature, I shall rove with Love my guide, As gipsies wander, where,… Continue reading Arthur Rimbaud

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