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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from Poems and Ballads, Third Series: From Pan and Thalassius
By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

O sea-stray, seed of Apollo,
  What word wouldst thou have with me?
My ways thou wast fain to follow        5
  Or ever the years hailed thee
If August brood on the valleys,
  If satyrs laugh on the lawns,        10
What part in the wildwood alleys
  Hast thou with the fleet-foot fauns—
Thy feet are a man’s—not cloven        15
  Like these, not light as a boy’s:
The tresses and tendrils inwoven
  That lure us, the lure of them cloys
                Us        20
The joy of the wild woods never
  Leaves free of the thirst it slakes:
The wild love throbs in us ever
  That burns in the dense hot brakes
                Thus.        25
Eternal, passionate, aweless,
  Insatiable, mutable, dear,
Makes all men’s laws for us lawless:
  We strive not: how should we fear        30
The birds and the bright winds know not
  Such joys as are ours in the mild
Warm woodland; joys such as grow not        35
  In waste green fields of the wild
Long since, in the world’s wind veering,
  Thy heart was estrangèd from me:        40
Sweet Echo shall yield thee not hearing:
  What have we to do with thee?

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