Jonathan Bate argues in the TLS that Swinburne was a master metrician as well as a pioneer in changing sexual attitudes.
For Swinburne, there are physical signs that a God made everything else, and that is that.
While Swinburne is by far the greater poet, Murray is by far the more important of the two from the ethnological point of view.
He is, as Swinburne says, helmsman and chief: he is literally the Man at the Wheel.
Mr. Swinburne might perhaps make the list nine, but he would certainly include Victor Hugo himself.
Another Laus Veneris to another Swinburne might suggest itself.
Mr. Swinburne is at the head of the new school, and he is a notorious heretic.
Swinburne had the utmost contempt for the narrowness of his outlook.
Had Swinburne been admitted earlier to the talk, he would not have taken his proper quantity of roast mutton.
To match them you would have to go to the poets—to Shakespeare—to Swinburne.