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

October 22

Theophile Gautier

By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

  • A French poet, critic, and novelist. He died on Oct. 22, 1872.

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    MIXED with the masque of death’s old comedy

    Though thou too pass, have here our flowers, that we

    For all the flowers thou gav’st upon thee shed,

    And pass not crownless to Persephone.

    Blue lotus-blooms and white and rosy-red

    We wind with poppies for thy silent head,

    And on this margin of the sundering sea

    Leave thy sweet light to rise upon the dead.