The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Volume 1

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Houghton Mifflin, 1892 - 1913 pages

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Page 29 - How beautiful this night ! The balmiest sigh Which vernal Zephyrs breathe in Evening's ear Were discord to the speaking quietude That wraps this moveless scene. Heaven's ebon vault, Studded with stars unutterably bright, Through which the moon's unclouded grandeur rolls, Seems like a canopy which Love has spread To curtain her sleeping world.
Page 91 - And saw by the warm light of their own life Her glowing limbs beneath the sinuous veil Of woven wind, her outspread arms now bare, Her dark locks floating in the breath of night, Her beamy bending eyes, her parted lips Outstretched, and pale, and quivering eagerly.
Page 126 - Thoughts of great deeds were mine, dear Friend, when first The clouds which wrap this world from youth did pass. I do remember well the hour which burst My spirit's sleep. A fresh May-dawn it was, When I walked forth upon the glittering grass, And wept, I knew not why ; until there rose From the near school-room voices that, alas ! Were but one echo from a world of woes — The harsh and grating strife of tyrants and of foes.
Page 349 - A husband and wife ought to continue so long united as they love each other : any law which should bind them to cohabitation for one moment after the decay of their affection would be a most intolerable tyranny, and the most unworthy of toleration.
Page 98 - At length upon that gloomy river's flow ; Now, where the fiercest war among the waves Is calm, on the unfathomable stream The boat moved slowly. Where the mountain riven Exposed those black depths to the azure sky, Ere yet the flood's enormous volume fell...
Page 126 - And then I clasped my hands and looked around, But none was near to mock my streaming eyes, Which poured their warm drops on the sunny ground — So without shame I spake : — "I will be wise, And just, and free, and mild, if in me lies Such power, for I grow weary to behold The selfish and the strong still tyrannize Without reproach or check.
Page 354 - He who asserts the doctrine of Necessity, means that, contemplating the events which compose the moral and material universe, he beholds only an immense and uninterrupted chain of causes and effects, no one of which could occupy any other place than it does occupy, or act in any other place than it does act.
Page 320 - Earth is wrapped in gloom ; An epitaph of glory for the tomb Of murdered Europe may thy fame be made, Great People ! As the sands shalt thou become ; Thy growth is swift as morn when night must fade ; The multitudinous Earth shall sleep beneath thy shade.
Page 25 - Whence think'st thou kings and parasites arose ? Whence that unnatural line of drones, who heap Toil and unvanquishable penury On those who build their palaces, and bring Their daily bread ? — From vice, black loathsome vice ; From rapine, madness, treachery, and wrong; From all that genders misery, and makes Of earth this thorny wilderness ; from lust, Revenge, and murder.
Page 288 - The good and mighty of departed ages Are in their graves, the innocent and free, Heroes, and Poets, and prevailing Sages, Who leave the vesture of their majesty To adorn and clothe this naked world ; — and we Are like to them — such perish, but they leave All hope, or love, or truth, or liberty, Whose forms their mighty spirits could conceive To be a rule and law to ages that survive.

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