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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
October 22
Theophile Gautier
By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
          A French poet, critic, and novelist. He died on Oct. 22, 1872.

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MIXED with the masque of death’s old comedy
Though thou too pass, have here our flowers, that we
  For all the flowers thou gav’st upon thee shed,
And pass not crownless to Persephone.
Blue lotus-blooms and white and rosy-red        5
We wind with poppies for thy silent head,
  And on this margin of the sundering sea
Leave thy sweet light to rise upon the dead.
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