Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe

English Romantic Lyric Poet

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Love's very pain is sweet, but its reward is in the world divine which, if not here, it builds beyond the grave.

My Song, I fear that thou wilt find but few who fitly shalt conceive thy reasoning, of such hard matter dost thou entertain; whence, if by misadventure, chance should bring thee to base company (as chance may do), quite unaware of what thou dost contain, I prithee, comfort thy sweet self again, my last delight! Tell them that they are dull, and bid them own that thou art beautiful.

O weep for Adonis - He is dead.

One nightingale in an interfluous wood satiates the hungry dark with melody.

Poets, not otherwise than philosophers, painters, sculptors, and musicians, are, in one sense, the creators, and, in another, the creations, of their age.

Sing again, with your dear voice revealing atone of some world far from ours, where music and moonlight and feeling are one.

The babe is at peace with the womb, the corpse is at rest within the tomb. We begin in what we end.

The flood of time is rolling on; we stand upon its brink, whilst they are gone to glide in peace down death's mysterious stream. Have ye done well?

Kiss me, so long but as a kiss my live; and in my heartless breast and burning brain that word, that kiss shall all thoughts else survive, with food of saddest memory kept alive.

Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own! The tumult of thy mighty harmonies will take from both a deep, autumnal tone, sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, my spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one!

Narrow the heart that loves, the brain that contemplates, the life that wears, the spirit that creates one object, and one form, and builds thereby a sepulchre for its eternity.

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being, Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing, yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red, pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou, who chariotest to their dark wintry bed the winged seeds, where they lie cold and low, each like a corpse within its grave, until thine azure sister of the spring shall blow her clarion o'er the dreaming earth.

One word is too often profaned for me to profane it; one feeling too falsely disdained for thee to disdain

Poor captive bird! Who, from thy narrow cage, pourest such music, that it might assuage the rugged hearts of those who prisoned thee, were they not deaf to all sweet melody.

Sleep, the fresh dew of languid love, the rain Whose drops quench kisses till they burn again.

The body is placed under the earth, and after a certain period there remains no vestige even of its form. This is that contemplation of inexhaustible melancholy, whose shadow eclipses the brightness of the world. The common observer is struck with dejection of the spectacle. He contends in vain against the persuasion of the grave, that the dead indeed cease to be. The corpse at his feet is prophetic of his own destiny. Those who have preceded him, and whose voice was delightful to his ear; whose touch met his like sweet and subtle fire: whose aspect spread a visionary light upon his path ? these he cannot meet again.

The flower that smiles today tomorrow dies; all that we wish to stay tempts and then flies; what is this world's delight? Lightning, that mocks the night, brief even as bright.--virtue, how frail it is!--friendship, how rare!--love, how it sells poor bliss for proud despair! But these though they soon fall, survive their joy, and all which ours we call.--whilst skies are blue and bright, whilst flowers are gay, whilst eyes that change ere night make glad the day; whilst yet the calm hours creep, dream thou - and from thy sleep then wake to weep.

Last came Anarchy: he rode on a white horse, splashed with blood; he was pale even to the lips, like Death in the Apocalypse.

Man is of soul and body, formed for deeds Of high resolve; on fancy's boldest wing.

Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read.

O wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Our happiness also corresponds with, and is adapted to, the nature of what is most excellent in our being. We see God, and we see that he is good. How delightful a picture, even if it be not true! How magnificent is the conception which this bold theory suggests to the contemplation, even if it be no more than the imagination of some sublimest and most holy poet, who, impressed with the loveliness and majesty of his own nature, is impatient and discontented with the narrow limits which this imperfect life and the dark grave have assigned forever as his melancholy portion. It is not to be believed that Hell, or punishment, was the conception of this daring mind. It is not to be believed that the most prominent group of this picture, which is framed so heart-moving and lovely ? the accomplishment of all human hope, the extinction of all morbid fear and anguish ? would consist of millions of sensitive beings enduring, in every variety of torture which Omniscient vengeance could invent, immortal agony.

Pourest thy full heart.

So is Hope Changed for Despair ? one laid upon the shelf, We take the other. Under heaven's high cope Fortune is god ? all you endure and do Depends on circumstance as much as you.

The breath of accusation kills an innocent name, and leaves for lame acquittal the poor life, which is a mask without it.

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English Romantic Lyric Poet