Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VII. Descriptive: Narrative
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Great Writers
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
  CHIEF in thy generation born of men
Whom English praise acclaimed as English born,
With eyes that matched the world-wide eyes of morn
For gleam of tears or laughter, tenderest then
When thoughts of children warmed their light, or when        5
Reverence of age with love and labor worn,
Or godlike pity fired with godlike scorn,
Shot through them flame that winged thy swift live pen:
Where stars and suns that we beheld not burn,
Higher even than here, though highest was here thy place,        10
Love sees thy spirit laugh and speak and shine
With Shakespeare, and the soft bright soul of Sterne,
And Fielding’s kindliest might, and Goldsmith’s grace;
Scarce one more loved or worthier than thine.

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