by Algernon Charles Swinburne

DEDICATIONFrom The age of Shakespeare To The Memory of Charles Lamb by Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909
Published 1908

When stark oblivion from above their names

Whose glory shone round Shakespeare’s, bright as now,

One eye beheld their light shine full as fame’s,

One hand unveiled it: this did none but thou.

Love, stronger than forgetfulness and sleep,

Rose, and bade memory rise, and England hear:

And all the harvest left so long to reap

Shone ripe and rich in every sheaf and ear.
A child it was who first by grace of thine

Communed with gods who share with thee their shrine:

Elder than thou wast ever now I am,

Now that I lay before thee in thanksgiving

Praise of dead men divine and everliving

Whose praise is thine as thine is theirs, Charles Lamb.

An early reminder that on April 27 we will be reading and discussing poetry and other literature about, or inspired by, Shakespeare, his works and characters. Please bring your own choice of this genre for discussion and, if you wish, post it first on the blog via the CONTACT US page, or email it to me directly. See the SCHEDULE PAGE for selections posted to-date.



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