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by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909)
By mere men's hands the flame was lit,...
By mere men's hands the flame was lit, we know, From heaps of dry waste whin and casual brands: Yet, knowing, we scarce believe it kindled so By mere men's hands. Above, around, high-vaulted hell expands, Steep, dense, a labyrinth walled and roofed with woe, Whose mysteries even itself not understands. The scorn in Farinata's eyes aglow Seems visible in this flame: there Geryon stands: No stage of earth's is here, set forth to show By mere men's hands.
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- by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909), no title, appears in A Century of Roundels, in In Guernsey, no. 5, first published 1883 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-27
Line count: 11
Word count: 79