A Century of Roundels/A Flower-piece by Fantin

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A Century of Roundels by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A Flower-piece by Fantin

A FLOWER-PIECE BY FANTIN.


Heart's ease or pansy, pleasure or thought,
Which would the picture give us of these?
Surely the heart that conceived it sought
 Heart's ease.


Surely by glad and divine degrees
The heart impelling the hand that wrought
Wrought comfort here for a soul's disease.


Deep flowers, with lustre and darkness fraught,
From glass that gleams as the chill still seas
Lean and lend for a heart distraught
 Heart's ease.