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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,… Continue reading Algernon Charles Swinburne

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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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