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Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Liberty


I

The fiery mountains answer each other;
Their thunderings are echoed from zone to zone;
The tempestuous oceans awake one another,
And the ice-rocks are shaken round Winter's throne,
When the clarion of the Typhoon is blown.

II

From a single cloud the lightening flashes,
Whilst a thousand isles are illumined around,
Earthquake is trampling one city to ashes,
An hundred are shuddering and tottering; the sound
Is bellowing underground.

III

But keener thy gaze than the lightenings glare,
And swifter thy step than the earthquakes tramp;
Thou deafenest the rage of the ocean; thy stare
Makes blind the volcanoes; the suns bright lamp
To thine is a fen-fire damp.

IV

From billow and mountain and exhalation
The sunlight is darted through vapour and blast;
From spirit to spirit, from nation to nation,
From city to hamlet thy dawning is cast,--
And tyrants and slaves are like shadows of night
In the van of the morning light. 



Percy Bysshe Shelley


Percy Bysshe Shelley's other poems:
  1. Homer's Hymn to Minerva
  2. From the Arabic, an Imitation
  3. The Spectral Horseman
  4. I Would Not Be A King
  5. The Solitary


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

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