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by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909)
Whiter and whiter
Whiter and whiter The dark lines grow, And broader opens and brighter The sense of the text below. Nightfall and morrow Bring nigher the boy Whom wanting we want not sorrow, Whom having we want no joy. Clearer and clearer The sweet sense grows Of the word which hath summer for hearer, The word on the lips of the rose. Duskily dwindles Each deathlike day, Till June rearising rekindles The depth of the darkness of May.
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- by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909), no title, appears in Tristram of Lyonesse and Other Poems, in A Dark Month, no. 25, first published 1882 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by John Reginald Lang-Hyde (1899 - 1990), "Whiter and whiter", 1950. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2009-01-27
Line count: 16
Word count: 76