James Elroy Flecker

James Elroy Flecker (5 November 1884 – 3 January 1915) was an English poet, novelist and playwright. As a poet he was most influenced by the Parnassian poets.

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    It was so old a ship—who knows, who knows?
    MAnd yet so beautiful, I watched in vain
    To see the mast burst open with a rose,
    And the whole deck put on its leaves again.
    James Elroy Flecker (1884–1919)

    For lust of knowing what should not be known,
    We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.
    —James Elroy Flecker (1884–1915)

    We, the lineal representatives of the successful enactors of one scene of slaughter after another, must, whatever more pacific virtues we may also possess, still carry about with us, ready at any moment to burst into flame, the smoldering and sinister traits of character by means of which they lived through so many massacres, harming others, but themselves unharmed.
    —William James (1842–1910)

    They know time comes, not only you and I,
    But the whose world shall whiten, here or there;
    —James Elroy Flecker (1884–1919)

    But have you wine and music still,
    And statues and a bright-eyed love,
    And foolish thoughts of good and ill,
    And prayers to them who sit above?
    —James Elroy Flecker (1884–1919)