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Francis Thompson
1859 - 1907

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House of Bondage

 


House of Bondage

When I perceive Loves heavenly reaping still
Regard perforce the clouds vicissitude,
That the fixed spirit loves not when it will,
But craves its seasons of the flawful blood;
When I perceive that the high poet doth
Oft voiceless stray beneath the uninfluent stars,
That even Urania of her kiss is loth,
And Songs brave wings fret on their sensual bars;
When I perceive the fullest-sailed sprite
Lag at most need upon the lethed seas,
The provident captainship oft voided quite,
And lamed lie deep-draughted argosies;
I scorn myself, that put for such strange toys
The wit of man to purposes of boys.


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