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A poem in anapaests by Swinburne, included in Poems and Ballads (1866).

One of his most notorious works, it addresses Dolores, ‘Our Lady of Pain’, in a profane hymn to perverse and cruel sensual delights, and contains some of his most parodied lines, e.g. ‘the lilies and languors of virtue’ and ‘the raptures and roses of vice’. It clearly shows Swinburne's obsession with erotic pain and the image of a ‘splendid and sterile’ femme fatale.

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