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Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley



Swifter far than summer's flight
Swifter far than youth's delight
Swifter far than happy night,
Art thou come and gone
As the earth when leaves are dead,
As the night when sleep is sped,
As the heart when joy is fled,
I am left lone, alone.


The swallow summer comes again
The owlet night resumes her reign
But the wild-swan youth is fain
To fly with thee, false as thou.
My heart each day desires the morrow;
Sleep itself is turned to sorrow;
Vainly would my winter borrow
Sunny leaves from any bough.


Lilies for a bridal bed
Roses for a matron's head
Violets for a maiden dead
Pansies let MY flowers be:
On the living grave I bear
Scatter them without a tear
Let no friend, however dear,
Waste one hope, one fear for me.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley's other poems:
  1. Liberty
  2. Letter To Maria Gisborne
  3. To Mary
  4. To The Republicans Of North America
  5. Homer's Hymn to Minerva

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • George Byron Remembrance ("'Tis done! - I saw it in my dreams")
  • Emily Brontë Remembrance ("Cold in the earthand the deep snow piled above thee")
  • Thomas Wyatt Remembrance ("They flee from me, that sometime did me seek")

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