Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Chorus From Hellas - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The world`s great age begins anew,
The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
Her winter weeds outworn:
Heaven smiles, and faith and empires gleam,
Like a wrecks of a dissolving dream.

A brighter Hellas rears its mountains
From waves serener far;
A new Peneus rolls his fountains
Against the morning star.
Where fairer Tempes bloom, there sleep
Young Cyclads on a sunnier deep.

A loftier Argo cleaves the main,
Fraught with a later prize;
Another Orpheus sings again,
And loves, and weeps, and dies.
A new Ulyssses leaves once more
Calypso for his native shore...


Comments about Chorus From Hellas by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Susan Williams (6/24/2018 5:25:00 PM)


    I enjoyed these lines very much- -]Another Orpheus sings again, / And loves, and weeps, and dies./ A new Ulyssses leaves once more / Calypso for his native shore... The rest of this not so much (Report) Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (6/24/2018 12:34:00 PM)


    For me Shelley's Ode to the West Wind and his sonnet Ozymandias stand out. I get an uplift from the opening two lines of this poem but note the oddness of snake renewing and winter weeds joined in one image. I also puzzle about Like a wrecks of a dissolving dream—though this may be due to the person who typed the poem out. Lessons we can take from this—even Shelley was human and no poet writes masterpieces every time. -GK (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/24/2018 9:07:00 AM)


    Very nice and fine piece of writing here... I like this one (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/24/2018 4:36:00 AM)


    Yeah every new Ulyssses leaves once more
    Calypso for his native shore... greatly writings
    (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (6/24/2018 1:57:00 AM)


    ' The earth doth like a snake renew'.....nice simile! Nicely rhymed! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (6/24/2018 1:33:00 AM)


    A great age news says Shelley quoting the best classical references creating interest to readers to engross in that best time of world! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/24/2018 1:07:00 AM)


    Such a great write by Percy Bysshe Shelley👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2017 11:39:00 PM)


    A new Ulyssses leaves once more.
    Thanks for sharing it here.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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