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...zest in throwing himself into all phases of life.
It is plain, at any rate, how the abandon of the decadent might develop from the poet's insistence upon his need to follow impulse utterly, to develop himself in all directions. The cry of Browning's poet in _Pauline_,
I had resolved No age should come on me ere youth was spent, For I would wear myself out,
While you live Drink!--for once dead you never shall return,
Swinburne's cry of despair,
Thou has conquered, O pale Galilean.the world has grown gray with thy breath; We have drunken of things Lethean, and fed on the fullness of death,[Footnote: _Hymn to Proserpine_.]
show that in a revulsion from the asceticism of the puritan, no less than in a revulsion from the stupidity of the plain man, it may become easy for the poet to carry his _carpe diem_ philosophy very far. His talisman, pure love of beauty, must be indeed unerring if it is to guide aright his
principle of restlessness That would... Swinburne, A. C.
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