Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHAT IS DEATH?, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE

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First Line: Looking on a page where stood
Last Line: Asking -- what is death?
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones

Looking on a page where stood
Graven of old on old-world wood
Death, and by the grave's edge grim,
Pale, the young man facing him,
Asked my well-beloved of me
Once what strange thing this might be,
Gaunt and great of limb.

Death, I told him: and surprise
Deepening more his wildwood eyes
(Like some sweet fleet thing's whose breath
Speaks all spring though nought it saith),
Up he turned his rosebright face
Glorious with its seven years' grace,
Asking -- What is death?

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