A Century of Roundels/Flower-pieces

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A Century of Roundels by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Flower-pieces

FLOWER-PIECES.


I.

LOVE LIES BLEEDING.

Love lies bleeding in the bed whereover
Roses lean with smiling mouths or pleading:
Earth lies laughing where the sun's dart clove her
 Love lies bleeding.


Stately shine his purple plumes, exceeding
Pride of princes: nor shall maid or lover
Find on earth a fairer sign worth heeding.


Yet may love, sore wounded, scarce recover
Strength and spirit again, with life receding:
Hope and joy, wind-winged, about him hover:
 Love lies bleeding.


II.

LOVE IN A MIST.

Light love in a mist, by the midsummer moon misguided,
Scarce seen in the twilight garden if gloom insist,
Seems vainly to seek for a star whose gleam has derided
 Light love in a mist.


All day in the sun, when the breezes do all they list.
His soft blue raiment of cloudlike blossom abided
Unrent and unwithered of winds and of rays that kissed.


Blithe-hearted or sad, as the cloud or the sun subsided,
Love smiled in the flower with a meaning whereof none wist
Save two that beheld, as a gleam that before them glided,
 Light love in a mist.