A Landscape by Courbet – Swinburne

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A Landscape by Courbet – Algernon Charles Swinburne (5th April, 1837 – 10th April, 1909)

Low lies the mere beneath the moorside, still
And glad of silence: down the wood sweeps clear
To the utmost verge where fed with many a rill
Low lies the mere.

The wind speaks only summer: eye nor ear
Sees aught at all of dark, hears aught of shrill,
From sound or shadow felt or fancied here.

Strange, as we praise the dead man’s might and skill,
Strange that harsh thoughts should make such heavy cheer,
While, clothed with peace by heaven’s most gentle will,
Low lies the mere.

Painting by Gustave Courbet (10th June, 1819 – 31st December, 1877)

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