Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE ROUNDEL, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE



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THE ROUNDEL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A roundel is wrought as a ring or a star-bright sphere
Last Line: A roundel is wrought.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Roundels


A ROUNDEL is wrought as a ring or a star-bright
sphere,
With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought,
That the heart of the hearer may smile if to pleasure his ear
A roundel is wrought.

Its jewel of music is carven of all or of aught --
Love, laughter or mourning -- remembrance of rapture or fear --
That fancy may fashion to hang in the ear of thought.

As a bird's quick song runs round, and the hearts in us hear
Pause answer to pause, and again the same strain caught,
So moves the device whence, round as a pearl or tear,
A roundel is wrought.





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