James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

February 8

Adieux a Mary Stuart

By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

  • Executed by order of Queen Elizabeth on Feb. 8, 1587, at Fotheringay castle.

  • THOUGH all things breathe or sound of fight

    That yet make up your spell,

    To bid you were to bid the light


    Farewell the song says only, being

    A star whose race is run:

    Farewell the soul says never, seeing

    The sun.

    Yet, wellnigh as with flash of tears,

    The song must say but so

    That took your praise up twenty years


    More bright than stars or moons that vary,

    Sun kindling heaven and hell,

    Here, after all these years, Queen Mary,