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10 Famous Quotes by Algernon Swinburne
4/5/1837 - 4/10/1909
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Algernon Charles Swinburne
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Change in a trice. The lilies and languors of virtue. For the raptures and roses of vice;

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Before the beginning of years/ There came to the making of man/ Time with a gift of tears,/ Grief with a glass that ran.

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From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea

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I have lived long enough, having seen one thing, that love hath an end;/ Goddess and maiden and queen, be near me now and befriend.

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Maiden, and mistress of the months and stars/ Now folded in the flowerless fields of heaven.

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And the best and the worst of this is/ That neither is most to blame/ If you have forgotten my kisses/ And I have forgotten your name.

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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.

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Body and spirit are twins: God only knows which is which

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I will go back to the great sweet mother,/ Mother and lover of men, the sea.

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Time turns the old days to derision, Our loves into corpses or wives; And marriage and death and division Make barren our lives

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