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.

William Morris

William Morris (1834-1896)







O love, this morn when the sweet nightingale

Had so long finished all he had to say,

That thou hadst slept, and sleep had told his tale;

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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

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Sir Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a highly influential statesman and lawyer, serving both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor. He first published his book of Essays Civil and Moral in 1597, presenting arguments on a wide variety of topics. Further essays were added to the publication in 1612, and again extended to 58 essays in 1625, which included Of Gardens. The essays were given high praise by his contemporaries and have remained in high repute since. In his words: ‘when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection’.

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