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Songs of the Springtides and Birthday Ode

Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne—Vol. III

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Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,057 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 403
Added to site: 2006.05.01 13365
Genre: Poetry

ght from the south,
His mute mouth opened, and his first word came:
'Knowest thou me now by name?'
And all his stature waxed immeasurable,
As of one shadowing heaven and lightening hell;
And statelier stood he than a tower that stands
And darkens with its darkness far-off sands
Whereon the sky leans red;
And with a voice that stilled the winds he said:
'I am he that was thy lord before thy birth,
I am he that is thy lord till thou turn earth:
I make the night more dark, and all the morrow
Dark as the night whose darkness was my breath:
O fool, my name is sorrow;
Thou fool, my name is death.'

And he that heard spake not, and looked right on
Again, and Love was gone.

Through many a night toward many a wearier day
His spirit bore his body down its way.
Through many a day toward many a wearier night
His soul sustained his sorrows in her sight.
And earth was bitter, and heaven, and even the sea
Sorrowful even as he.



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