Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

The Indian Serenade - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Hath led me--who knows how?
To thy chamber window, Sweet!

The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream--
The champak odors fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart;
As I must on thine,
Oh, beloved as thou art!

O lift me from the grass!
die! I faint! I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast;--
Oh! press it to thine own again,
Where it will break at last.

Comments about The Indian Serenade by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Veteran Poet - 1,208 Points Angel Dzidula-komla (7/31/2015 5:17:00 PM)

    short but wonderful poem piece. i like it (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,689 Points Herbert Guitang (7/12/2015 3:39:00 AM)

    It's like a song with harmonious music (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,563 Points Michael Morgan (5/2/2015 5:20:00 PM)

    Go, Percy! This poem needs a melody, and has probably had one. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,581 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/7/2015 1:10:00 AM)

    A very powerfully passionate love poem! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,428 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/7/2014 2:52:00 AM)

    A masterpiece by the master poet, Shelley the Romantic is at his best. Extremely sensuous and sonorous, the poem lingers within you even after you have left the page. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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