Quotes by Algernon Swinburne

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Out of the dark sweet sleep Where no dreams laugh or weep Borne through bright gates of birth Into the dim sweet light Where day still dreams of night While heaven takes form on earth White rose of spirit and flesh, and lily of love, What note of song have we Fit for the birds and thee, Fair nestling couched beneath the mother-dove?

That August time it was delight To watch the red moons wane to white 'Twixt grey seamed stems of apple-trees; A sense of heavy harmonies Grew on the growth of patient night, More sweet than shapen music is.
For winter's rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
. . . be aught you please, let all fulfil All your pleasure; be your world your toy; Mild or wild we love you, loud or still, Child or boy.
For all the gifts you give Me, dear, each day you live, Of thanks above All thanks that could be spoken Take not my song in token, Take my love.

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