Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)


Love-in-a mist

Light love in a mist, by the midsummer moon misguided,

Scarce seen in the twilight garden if gloom insist,

Seems vainly to seek for a star whose gleam has derided

Light love in a mist.


All day in the sun, when the breezes do all they list,

His soft blue raiment of cloudlike blossom abided

Unrent and unwithered of winds and of rays that kissed.

Blithe-hearted or sad, as the cloud or the sun subsided,

Love smiled in the flower with a meaning whereof none wist

Save two that beheld, as a gleam that before them glided,

Light love in a mist.

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