Eurydice - To Victor Hugo by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Orpheus, the night is full of tears and cries,
And hardly for the storm and ruin shed
Can even thine eyes be certain of her head
Who never passed out of thy spirit's eyes,
But stood and shone before them in such wise
As when with love her lips and hands were fed,
And with mute mouth out of the dusty dead
Strove to make answer when thou bad'st her rise.

Yet viper-stricken must her lifeblood feel
The fang that stung her sleeping, the foul germ
Even when she wakes of hell's most poisonous worm,
Though now it writhe beneath her wounded heel.
Turn yet, she will not fade nor fly from thee;
Wait, and see hell yield up Eurydice.

by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Other poems by 'Algernon Charles Swinburne'

Ben Jonson

Hope and Fear

William Shakespeare

Love and Sleep

The Many

Babyhood

A Leave-Taking

Beaumont and Fletcher

Not A Child

A Baby's Death

Search Poems
e.g. love, marriage, kids

Popular poems this week

In Silence We Left

The Lost Dances of Cranes

The Author to her Book

Summer Evening

The Lesson

A chilly Peace infests the Grass

To Mæcenas

You Fit Into Me

Still I Rise

mr youse needn't be so spry..