Renée Vivien, born Pauline Mary Tarn (11 June 1877 - 18 November 1909) was a British poet who wrote in the French language. She took to heart all the mannerisms of Symbolism, as one of the last poets to claim allegiance to the school. Her compositions include sonnets, hendecasyllabic verse, and prose poetry. more »
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Renee Vivien Poems
Prolong the night
Prolong the night, Goddess who sets us aflame! Hold back from us the golden-sandalled dawn! Already on the sea the first faint gleam
The trees have kept some lingering sun in their branches, Veiled like a woman, evoking another time,
Your Strange Hair
Your strange hair, cold light, Has pale glows and blond dullness; Your gaze has the blue of ether and waves;
My brunette with the golden eyes, your ivory body, your amber Has left bright reflections in the room Above the garden.
Your laughter is light, your caress deep, Your cold kisses love the harm they do; Your eyes-blue lotus waves
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Prolong the night
Prolong the night, Goddess who sets us aflame!
Hold back from us the golden-sandalled dawn!
Already on the sea the first faint gleam
Of day is coming on.
Sleeping under your veils, protect us yet,
Having forgotten the cruelty day may give!
The wine of darkness, wine of the stars let
Overwhelm us with love!
Since no one knows what dawn will come,
Bearing the dismal future with its sorrows
In its hands, we tremble at full day, our dream
Fears all tomorrows.
Oh! keeping our hands on our still-closed eyes,
Let us vainly recall the joys that take ...