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11 Famous Quotes by Francis Thompson
12/16/1859 - 11/13/1907
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Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare, And left the flushed print in a poppy there: Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came, And the fanning wind puffed it to flapping flame. With burnt mouth red like a lion's it drank The blood of the sun as he slaughtered sank, And dipped its cup in the purpurate shine When the eastern conduits ran with wine.

Poppies Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: The Poppy

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She went her unremembering way, She went and left in me The pang of all the partings gone, And partings yet to be.

Parting Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: Daisy (st. 12)

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But lilies, stolen from grassy mold, No more curled state unfold, Translated to a vase of gold; In burning throne though they keep still Serenities unthawed and chill.

Lilies Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: Gilded Gold (st. 1)

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Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain And perish in our own.

Pain Quotes, by Francis Thompson

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Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul.

Innocence Quotes, by Francis Thompson

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So for thy spirit did devise Its Maker seemly garniture, Of its own essence parcel pure.-- From grave simplicities a dress, And reticent demureness, And love encinctured with reserve; Which the woven vesture would subserve. For outward robes in their ostents Should show the soul's habiliments. Therefore I say,--Thou'rt fair even so, But better Fair I use to know.

Apparel Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: Gilded Gold (st. 2)

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I was heavy with the even, When she lit her glimmering tapers Round the day's dead sanctities. I laughed in the morning's eyes.

Evening Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: The Hound of Heaven (l. 84)

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The immortal could we cease to contemplate, The mortal part suggests its every trait. God laid His fingers on the ivories Of her pure members as on smoothed keys, And there out-breathed her spirit's harmonies.

Mortality Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: Her Portrait (st. 7)

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The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July.

July Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: A Corymbus for Autumn (st. 3)

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There is no expeditious road To pack and label men for God, And save them by the barrel-load. Some may perchance, with strange surprise, Have blundered into Paradise.

Paradise Quotes, by Francis Thompson , Source: Epilogue (st. 2)

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Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others' pain And perish in our own.

Pain Quotes, by Francis Thompson

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