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

May 11

To Dr. John Brown

By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

  • The author of “Rab and His Friends.” He died May 11, 1882.

  • BEYOND the north wind lay the land of old

    Where men dwelt blithe and blameless, clothed and fed

    With joy’s bright raiment and with love’s sweet bread,

    The whitest flock of earth’s maternal fold.

    None there might wear about his brows enrolled

    A light of lovelier fame than rings your head,

    Whose lovesome love of children and the dead

    All men give thanks for: I far off behold

    A dear dead hand that links us, and a light

    The blithest and benignest of the night,

    The night of death’s sweet sleep, wherein may be

    A star to show your spirit in present sight

    Some happier island in the Elysian sea

    Where Rab may lick the hand of Marjorie.