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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:34 pm 
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    Fruits fail and love dies and time ranges;
      Thou art fed with perpetual breath,
    And alive after infinite changes,
      And fresh from the kisses of death;
    Of languors rekindled and rallied,
      Of barren delights and unclean,
    Things monstrous and fruitless, a pallid
      And poisonous queen.


    By the ravenous teeth that have smitten
      Through the kisses that blossom and bud,
    By the lips intertwisted and bitten
      Till the foam has a savour of blood,
    By the pulse as it rises and falters,
      By the hands as they slacken and strain,
    I adjure thee, respond from thine altars,
      Our Lady of Pain.


    By the hunger of change and emotion,
      By the thirst of unbearable things,
    By despair, the twin-born of devotion,
      By the pleasure that winces and stings,
    The delight that consumes the desire,
      The desire that outruns the delight,
    By the cruelty deaf as a fire
      And blind as the night,


    We shall know what the darkness discovers,
      If the grave-pit be shallow or deep;
    And our fathers of old, and our lovers,
      We shall know if they sleep not or sleep.
    We shall see whether hell be not heaven,
      Find out whether tares be not grain,
    And the joys of thee seventy times seven,
      Our Lady of Pain.


Excerpts, Dolores - Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs (1866), Algernon Swinburne.

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