Algernon Charles Swinburne

(5 April 1837 - 10 April 1909 / London)

Love Lies Bleeding - Poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne

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.


Comments about Love Lies Bleeding by Algernon Charles Swinburne

  • Susan Williams (8/19/2017 4:20:00 PM)


    Paul and Liza gave this poem its due- -it is rhythmic and it is sadly true. (Report) Reply

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  • Paul Amrod (8/19/2017 7:40:00 AM)


    This piece lends itself to a setting with music. Not only is the rhythm well focused, the images lend themselves to a melody, Hat off to the romantic chap from Merry Ol' England. (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina (8/19/2017 4:49:00 AM)


    Wonderful rhythm, as if it takes you to smoothly move on quiet and warm waves! the words stretch their longing hands to a reader in order to embrace him or her like tender loveing creature! Perfect construction of a poem. Wave-like construction. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/19/2017 1:05:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem posted here............. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/19/2017 12:19:00 AM)


    I don't think this poem is well constructed. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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