In Time of Mourning



 

Mourning dress, circa 1867 Museum of Funeral C...

Mourning dress, circa 1867 Museum of Funeral Customs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Would cry from hearts that yearn: Love dares not bid our dead again

“Return,” we dare not as we fain

Would cry from hearts that yearn:

Love dares not bid our dead again

Return.
O hearts that strain and burn
As fires fast fettered burn and strain!
Bow down, lie still, and learn.
The heart that healed all hearts of pain
No funeral rites inurn:
Its echoes, while the stars remain,
Return.

Extra Info:
May 1885.

From “Poems and Ballads (Third Series)
Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne—Vol. III”

Algernon Charles Swinburne

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