Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

On A Faded Violet


I.
The odour from the flower is gone
Which like thy kisses breathed on me;
The colour from the flower is flown
Which glowed of thee and only thee!

II.
A shrivelled, lifeless, vacant form,
It lies on my abandoned breast,
And mocks the heart which yet is warm,
With cold and silent rest.

III.
I weep,--my tears revive it not!
I sigh,--it breathes no more on me;
Its mute and uncomplaining lot
Is such as mine should be.

Submitted: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Edited: Sunday, May 08, 2011

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