Gravis Dulcis Immutabilis

James Elroy Flecker 1884 (London) – 1915



Come, let me kiss your wistful face
Where Sorrow curves her bow of pain,
And live sweet days and bitter days
With you, or wanting you again.
  
I dread your perishable gold:
Come near me now; the years are few.
Alas, when you and I are old
I shall not want to look at you:
  
And yet come in. I shall not dare
To gaze upon your countenance,
But I shall huddle in my chair,
Turn to the fire my fireless glance,
  
And listen, while that slow and grave
Immutable sweet voice of yours
Rises and falls, as falls a wave
In summer on forgotten shores.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA BCBC DXDX EFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 530
Words 109
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

James Elroy Flecker

James Elroy Flecker was an English poet, novelist and playwright. As a poet he was most influenced by the Parnassian poets. more…

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