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Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Sonnet


Ye hasten to the grave! What seek ye there,
Ye restless thoughts and busy purposes
Of the idle brain, which the world's livery wear?
O thou quick heart, which pantest to possess
All that pale Expectation feigneth fair!
Thou vainly curious mind which wouldest guess
Whence thou didst come, and whither thou must go,
And all that never yet was known would knowЧ
Oh, whither hasten ye, that thus ye press,
With such swift feet life's green and pleasant path,
Seeking, alike from happiness and woe,
A refuge in the cavern of gray death?
O heart, and mind, and thoughts! what thing do you
Hope to inherit in the grave below?

1820

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:

  • Rupert Brooke Sonnet ("Not with vain tears, when we're beyond the sun")
  • Hartley Coleridge Sonnet ("If I have sinned in act, I may repent")
  • Nicholas Breton Sonnet ("The worldly prince doth in his sceptre hold")
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson Sonnet ("I had not thought of violets late")
  • Amy Levy Sonnet ("Most wonderful and strange it seems, that I")
  • Wallace Stevens Sonnet ("Lo, even as I passed beside the booth")

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