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Poems and Ballads (Third Series) Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne—Vol. III   By: (1837-1909)

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Poems and Ballads

Third Series

By

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne Vol. III

THE COLLECTED POETICAL WORKS OF ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE

VOL. III

POEMS & BALLADS

(SECOND AND THIRD SERIES)

AND

SONGS OF THE SPRINGTIDES

SWINBURNE'S POETICAL WORKS

I. POEMS AND BALLADS (First Series).

II. SONGS BEFORE SUNRISE, AND SONGS OF TWO NATIONS.

III. POEMS AND BALLADS (Second and Third Series), and SONGS OF THE SPRINGTIDES.

IV. TRISTRAM OF LYONESSE, THE TALE OF BALEN, ATALANTA IN CALYDON, ERECHTHEUS.

V. STUDIES IN SONG, A CENTURY OF ROUNDELS, SONNETS ON ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS, THE HEPTALOGIA, ETC.

VI. A MIDSUMMER HOLIDAY, ASTROPHEL, A CHANNEL PASSAGE AND OTHER POEMS.

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

POEMS & BALLADS

(SECOND AND THIRD SERIES)

AND

SONGS OF THE SPRINGTIDES

By

Algernon Charles Swinburne

1917

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

First printed (Chatto), 1904

Reprinted 1904, '09, '10, '12

(Heinemann), 1917

London: William Heinemann, 1917

POEMS AND BALLADS

THIRD SERIES

PAGE MARCH: AN ODE 169

THE COMMONWEAL 174

THE ARMADA 187

TO A SEAMEW 211

PAN AND THALASSIUS 215

A BALLAD OF BATH 222

IN A GARDEN 224

A RHYME 226

BABY BIRD 228

OLIVE 230

A WORD WITH THE WIND 234

NEAP TIDE 238

BY THE WAYSIDE 241

NIGHT 243

IN TIME OF MOURNING 244

THE INTERPRETERS 245

THE RECALL 248

BY TWILIGHT 249

A BABY'S EPITAPH 250

ON THE DEATH OF SIR HENRY TAYLOR 251

IN MEMORY OF JOHN WILLIAM INCHBOLD 252

NEW YEAR'S DAY 257

TO SIR RICHARD F. BURTON 258

NELL GWYN 259

CALIBAN ON ARIEL 260

THE WEARY WEDDING 261

THE WINDS 270

A LYKE WAKE SONG 271

A REIVER'S NECK VERSE 272

THE WITCH MOTHER 273

THE BRIDE'S TRAGEDY 276

A JACOBITE'S FAREWELL 281

A JACOBITE'S EXILE 282

THE TYNESIDE WIDOW 286

DEDICATION 289

POEMS AND BALLADS

THIRD SERIES

TO

WILLIAM BELL SCOTT

POET AND PAINTER

I DEDICATE THESE POEMS

IN MEMORY OF MANY YEARS

MARCH: AN ODE

1887

I

Ere frost flower and snow blossom faded and fell, and the splendour of winter had passed out of sight, The ways of the woodlands were fairer and stranger than dreams that fulfil us in sleep with delight; The breath of the mouths of the winds had hardened on tree tops and branches that glittered and swayed Such wonders and glories of blossomlike snow or of frost that outlightens all flowers till it fade That the sea was not lovelier than here was the land, nor the night than the day, nor the day than the night, Nor the winter sublimer with storm than the spring: such mirth had the madness and might in thee made, March, master of winds, bright minstrel and marshal of storms that enkindle the season they smite.

II

And now that the rage of thy rapture is satiate with revel and ravin and spoil of the snow, And the branches it brightened are broken, and shattered the tree tops that only thy wrath could lay low, How should not thy lovers rejoice in thee, leader and lord of the year that exults to be born So strong in thy strength and so glad of thy gladness whose laughter puts winter and sorrow to scorn? Thou hast shaken the snows from thy wings, and the frost on thy forehead is molten: thy lips are aglow As a lover's that kindle with kissing, and earth, with her raiment and tresses yet wasted and torn, Takes breath as she smiles in the grasp of thy passion to feel through her spirit the sense of thee flow... Continue reading book >>


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