Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Song For 'Tasso' - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I.
I loved—alas! our life is love;
But when we cease to breathe and move
I do suppose love ceases too.
I thought, but not as now I do,
Keen thoughts and bright of linked lore,
Of all that men had thought before.
And all that Nature shows, and more.

II.
And still I love and still I think,
But strangely, for my heart can drink
The dregs of such despair, and live,
And love;...
And if I think, my thoughts come fast,
I mix the present with the past,
And each seems uglier than the last.

III.
Sometimes I see before me flee 15
A silver spirit’s form, like thee,
O Leonora, and I sit
...still watching it,
Till by the grated casement’s ledge
It fades, with such a sigh, as sedge
Breathes o’er the breezy streamlet’s edge.


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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/9/2016 3:11:00 PM)

    I have remarked before about the remarkable smooth silken flow of his poetry- -it mesmerizes me to the point I have to reread to capture the meaning since I am so riding and gliding on his perfectly chosen words (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 8, 2011


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