Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Bereavement

Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

How stern are the woes of the desolate mourner
As he bends in still grief o'er the hallowed bier,
As enanguished he turns from the laugh of the scorner,
And drops to perfection's remembrance a tear;
When floods of despair down his pale cheeks are streaming,
When no blissful hope on his bosom is beaming,
Or, if lulled for a while, soon he starts from his dreaming,
And finds torn the soft ties to affection so dear.
Ah, when shall day dawn on the night of the grave,
Or summer succeed to the winter of death?
Rest awhle, hapless victim! and Heaven will save
The spirit that hath faded away with the breath.
Eternity points, in its amaranth bower
Where no clouds of fate o'er the sweet prospect lour,
Unspeakable pleasure, of goodness the dower,
When woe fades away like the mist of the heath.


Comments about Bereavement by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Yildirim BeyazitYildirim Beyazit (4/19/2017 6:35:00 AM)

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood tenk you(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/17/2017 11:35:00 PM)

    drops to perfection's remembrance a tear
    Great conceptualization.(Report)Reply

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  • Alicia Del Fava (4/17/2017 10:40:00 PM)

    What a true and beautiful promise in death.(Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (4/17/2017 8:26:00 PM)

    Shelley as always... deep, brooding and full of meaning.(Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (4/17/2017 11:37:00 AM)

    How stern are the woes of the desolate mourner
    As he bends in still grief o'er the hallowed bier, nicely written(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/17/2017 3:02:00 AM)

    Floods of despair.... thanks for posting....(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (4/17/2017 2:20:00 AM)

    a superb emotional poem of human nature? .......well written(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (4/17/2017 2:05:00 AM)

    A real masterpiece that creates a sad atmosphere in the wake of heartfelt bereavement. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/17/2017 1:47:00 AM)

    Foes! Woes! ! Victims. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (4/17/2017 1:46:00 AM)

    A Wonderful poem by Shelley written in despair about the dissipation of a nice dream life and feels much when the good time come once again in life!(Report)Reply

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  • Manonton Dalan (12/7/2015 3:20:00 PM)

    I always wish my woes will fade(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002