Studies in Song

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Studies in Song by Algernon Charles Swinburne

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1880

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flowery coils
Caught as in fiery toils
Smite Calydon with mourning unaware;

And where her low turf shrine
Showed Modesty divine
The fairest mother's daughter far more fair
Hide on her breast the heavenly shame
That kindled once with love should kindle Troy with flame.

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Nor less the light of story than of song
With graver glories girt his godlike head,
Reverted alway from the temporal throng
Of lives that live not toward the living dead.
The shadows and the splendours of their throng
Made bright and dark about his board and bed
The lines of life and vision, sweet or strong
With sound of lutes or trumpets blown, that led

Forth of the ghostly gate
Opening in spite of fate
Shapes of majestic or tumultuous tread,

Divine and direful things,
These foul as priests or kings,
Those fair as heaven or love or freedom, red
With blood and green with palms and wh

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