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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Second Chorus from Atalanta in Calydon


Before the beginning of years
There came to the making of man
Time, with a gift of tears;
Grief, with a glass that ran;
Pleasure, with pain for leaven;
Summer, with flowers that fell;
Remembrance fallen from heaven,
An maness risen from hell;
Strength without hans to smite;
!ove that enures for a breath;
"ight, the shaow of light,
An life, the shaow of eath#
An the high gos took in han
$ire, an the falling of tears,
An a measure of sliing san
$rom uner the feet of the years;
An froth an rift of the sea;
An ust of the labouring earth;
An boies of things to be
%n the houses of eath an of birth;
An wrought with weeping an laughter,
An fashione with loathing an love
&ith life before an after
An eath beneath an above,
$or a ay an a night an a morrow,
That his strength might enure for a span
&ith travail an heavy sorrow,
The holy spirit of man#
$rom the wins of the north an the south
They gathere as unto strife;
They breathe upon his mouth,
They fille his boy with life;
'yesight an speech they wrought
$or the veils of the soul therein,
A time for labour an thought,
A time to serve an to sin;
They gave him light in his ways,
An love, an a space for elight,
An beauty an length of ays,
An night, an sleep in the night#
(is speech is a burning fire;
&ith his lips he travaileth;
%n his heart is a blin esire,
%n his eyes foreknowlege of eath;
(e weaves, an is clothe with erision;
Sows, an he shall not reap;
(is life is a watch or a vision
Between a sleep an a sleep#