Learn More

Algernon Charles Swinburne

(5 April 1837 - 10 April 1909 / London)

A Match


If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together
In sad or singing weather,
Blown fields or flowerful closes,
Green pasture or gray grief;
If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf.

If I were what the words are,
And love were like the tune,
With double sound and single
Delight our lips would mingle,
With kisses glad as birds are
That get sweet rain at noon;
If I were what the words are,
And love were like the tune.

If you were life, my darling,
And I your love were death,
We'd shine and snow together
Ere March made sweet the weather
With daffodil and starling
And hours of fruitful breath;
If you were life, my darling,
And I your love were death.

If you were thrall to sorrow,
And I were page to joy,
We'd play for lives and seasons
With loving looks and treasons
And tears of night and morrow
And laughs of maid and boy;
If you were thrall to sorrow,
And I were page to joy.

If you were April's lady,
And I were lord in May,
We'd throw with leaves for hours
And draw for days with flowers,
Till day like night were shady
And night were bright like day;
If you were April's lady,
And I were lord in May.

If you were queen of pleasure,
And I were king of pain,
We'd hunt down love together,
Pluck out his flying-feather,
And teach his feet a measure,
And find his mouth a rein;
If you were queen of pleasure,
And I were king of pain.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: april, weather, together, sorrow, rose, joy, pain, grief, death, snow, sad, rain, night, green, love, life, hunting, flower, kiss

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Match by Algernon Charles Swinburne )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Clown in the Moon, Dylan Thomas
  7. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  8. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. A Visit from St. Nicholas, Clement Clarke Moore

Poem of the Day

poet Li Po

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Marvin Brato Sr

New Poems

  1. Pain and Love Thoughts, Tiger Auntunette
  2. THE PROXY, michael walkerjohn
  3. Soul and air, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  4. Flowers, Clovisvaldo Marques Baleeiro
  5. My Poetic Existence, saint cynosure ( Ken Bennigh ..
  6. Safety In Dreams, Is It Poetry
  7. Death defies planning., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  8. Vanaprastha, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  9. Broken vision, Lubinda Lubinda
  10. Two hands to kill, hasmukh amathalal
[Hata Bildir]