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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
February 8
Adieux a Mary Stuart
By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
          Executed by order of Queen Elizabeth on Feb. 8, 1587, at Fotheringay castle.

THOUGH all things breathe or sound of fight
  That yet make up your spell,
To bid you were to bid the light
Farewell the song says only, being        5
  A star whose race is run:
Farewell the soul says never, seeing
                The sun.
Yet, wellnigh as with flash of tears,
  The song must say but so        10
That took your praise up twenty years
More bright than stars or moons that vary,
  Sun kindling heaven and hell,
Here, after all these years, Queen Mary,        15

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