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Mourning Algernon Charles Swinburne, by Robert M.B. Paxton (died 1927), given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1956. See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch have been confirmed as author died before 1939 according to the official death date listed by the NPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By Algernon Charles Swinburne Mourning Alas my brother! the cry of the mourners of old That cried on each other, All crying aloud on the dead as the... (Read More ...)

Light: an Epicede Sketched portrait of 23-year-old Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet and author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)       To Philip Bourke Marston Love will not weep because the seal is broken That sealed upon a life beloved and brief Darkness, and let but song break through for token How deep, too far for even thy song’s relief, Slept in thy soul the secret springs of grief. Thy song may soothe full many a soul hereafter, As tears, if tears will come, dissolve despair; As here but late, with smile more bright than laughter, Thy sweet strange yearning eyes would seem to bear Witness... (Read More ...)

Life in Death  A woodblock from a photograph of Algernon Swinburne, aged 52. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)     He should have followed who goes forth before us, Last born of us in life, in death first-born: The last to lift up eyes against the morn, The first to see the sunset. Life, that bore us Perchance for death to comfort and restore us, Of him hath left us here awhile forlorn, For him is as a garment overworn, And time and change, with suns and stars in chorus, Silent. But if, beyond all change or time, A law more just, more equal, more sublime Than sways the surge of life’s loud sterile... (Read More ...)

My Soul is Sorrowful unto Death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  Intercession Ave Caesar Imperator, moriturum te saluto. 1 O Death, a little more, and then the worm; A little longer, O Death, a little yet, Before the grave gape and the grave-worm fret; Before the sanguine-spotted hand infirm Be rottenness, and that foul brain, the germ Of all ill things and thoughts, be stopped and set; A little while, O Death, ere he forget, A small space more of life, a little term; A little longer ere he and thou be met, Ere in that hand that fed thee to thy mind The poison-cup of life be overset; A little respite... (Read More ...)

In Time of Mourning   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... (Read More ...)

Coming up next week:   Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   When Was the First Episode of Seinfeld? Monday, July 1, 2013 Do you remember where you were for the last episode of Seinfeld?   Sunny Tuesday, July 2, 2013 What inspired the singer/songwriter to write this song?   How Does Your Husband Keep You Happy? Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Does your husband pay attention?   The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Thursday, July 4, 2013 (Happy Fourth of July!) How does the artist make those distinctive, colorful images?   Make Your Own Abacus Fun with Grandchildren,... (Read More ...)

River Lethe in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In Harbour I.   Goodnight and goodbye to the life whose signs denote us As mourners clothed with regret for the life gone by; To the waters of gloom whence winds of the dayspring float us Goodnight and goodbye. A time is for mourning, a season for grief to sigh; But were we not fools and blind, by day to devote us As thralls to the darkness, unseen of the sundawn’s eye? We have drunken of Lethe at length, we have eaten of lotus; What hurts it us here that sorrows are born and die? We have said to the dream that caressed... (Read More ...)

Coming up next week: SOPS AF FOIA Request (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What Is Title IX? Monday, June 24, 2013 What problem was Title IX first designed to solve? I Want a Cute Grandma Name Tuesday, June 25, 2013 What do you do if your children change your grandchild’s cute Grandma name? Why Was FOIA Passed? Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Who first pushed for FOIA and why? Clifford, The Big Red Dog Book Thursday, June 27, 2013 How tall is Clifford? Seven Bridges of Königsburg. Fun with Grandchildren, Friday, June 28, 2013 Can you solve this old mathematical problem? In Harbour Poetry Corner, Saturday,... (Read More ...)

Baby garden spider on a stamen of lacy phacelia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In a Garden  Baby, see the flowers! – Baby sees Fairer things than these, Fairer though they be than dreams of ours. Baby, hear the birds! – Baby knows Better songs than those, Sweeter though they sound than sweetest words. Baby, see the moon! – Baby’s eyes Laugh to watch it rise, Answering light with love and night with noon. Baby, hear the sea! – Baby’s face Takes a graver grace, Touched with wonder what the sound may be. Baby, see the star! – Baby’s hand Opens, warm and... (Read More ...)

Coming up next week: A roll of silver, Scotch brand duct tape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When Was Watergate? Monday, June 17, 2013 Duct tape. Recordings. Vice Presidents. When Was the Movie Psycho Made? Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Hitchcock. Showers. Motels. When Was Jaws Made? Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Cages. Fourth of July. Little people. When I Married My Mother Book Thursday, June 20, 2013 Published Southerners. DJs. Dolls. Four Colors Suffice, Fun with Grandkids June 21, 2013 Maps. Crayons. Stamps. In A Garden. Poetry Corner. June 22, 2013  (Read More ...)