Algernon Charles Swinburne

Before Sunset

Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He wrote several novels and collections of poetry such as Poems and Ballads, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Swinburne wrote about many taboo topics, such as lesbianism, …

Love's twilight wanes in heaven above,
  On earth ere twilight reigns:
Ere fear may feel the chill thereof,
  Love's twilight wanes.

Ere yet the insatiate heart complains
  'Too much, and scarce enough,'
The lip so late athirst refrains.

Soft on the neck of either dove
  Love's hands let slip the reins:
And while we look for light of love
  Love's twilight wanes.