charles swinburne

Photographed from a cell wall in the lockup ward at a State Hospital. Stanza From “The Garden of Proserpine”

From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no man lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

A very happy Vernal Equinox to you all…

“For winter’s rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”

~ Algernon Charles Swinburne

John William Waterhouse - Fair Rosamund [1916], detail

Like many of the early Pre-Raphaelites who came before him, John William Waterhouse found inspiration in the romantic narratives of the Middle-Ages. While based loosely on verifiable facts, the legend of Rosamund and Queen Eleanor is likely as much of a fairy tale as it is an accurate account, but nonetheless its violence and eroticism provided a compelling subject for many Victorian painters including Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frederick Sandys and Arthur Hughes, as well as writers Alfred Tennyson and Algernon Charles Swinburne. (source)

[Sold for $1,505,000 at Sotheby’s, New York - Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 72.3 cm]

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SOA AU: Tara Knowles as Goddess of the Underworld for maggiessiff                   

                               Then star nor sun shall waken,
                                    Nor any change of light:
                                Nor sound of waters shaken,
                                    Nor any sound or sight:
                                Nor wintry leaves nor vernal,
                                 Nor days nor things diurnal;
                                     Only the sleep eternal
                                         In an eternal night.

― Algernon Charles Swinburne, The Garden of Proserpine