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A Clasp Of Hands Analysis



Author: Poetry of Algernon Charles Swinburne Type: Poetry Views: 171

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SOFT, small, and sweet as sunniest flowers

That bask in heavenly heat

When bud by bud breaks, breathes, and cowers,

Soft, small, and sweet.



A babe's hands open as to greet

The tender touch of ours

And mock with motion faint and fleet



The minutes of the new strange hours

That earth, not heaven, must mete;

Buds fragrant still from heaven's own bowers,

Soft, small, and sweet.



A velvet vice with springs of steel

That fasten in a trice

And clench the fingers fast that feel

A velvet viceŃ



What man would risk the danger twice,

Nor quake from head to heel?

Whom would not one such test suffice?



Well may we tremble as we kneel

In sight of Paradise,

If both a babe's closed fists conceal

A velvet vice.



Two flower-soft fists of conquering clutch,

Two creased and dimpled wrists,

That match, if mottled overmuch,

Two flower-soft fists---



What heart of man dare hold the lists

Against such odds and such

Sweet vantage as no strength resists?



Our strength is all a broken crutch,

Our eyes are dim with mists,

Our hearts are prisoners as we touch

Two flower-soft fists.








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