Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

When A Lover Clasps His Fairest


I.
When a lover clasps his fairest,
Then be our dread sport the rarest.
Their caresses were like the chaff
In the tempest, and be our laugh
His despair—her epitaph!

II.
When a mother clasps her child,
Watch till dusty Death has piled
His cold ashes on the clay;
She has loved it many a day--
She remains,—it fades away.

Submitted: Thursday, April 01, 2010

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