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Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Lines (The cold earth slept below)


The cold earth slept below;
         Above the cold sky shone;
                And all around,
                With a chilling sound,
From caves of ice and fields of snow
The breath of night like death did flow
                Beneath the sinking moon.

The wintry hedge was black;
         The green grass was not seen;
                The birds did rest
                On the bare thorns breast,
Whose roots, beside the pathway track,
Had bound their folds oer many a crack
                Which the frost had made between.

Thine eyes glowd in the glare
         Of the moons dying light;
                As a fen-fires beam
                On a sluggish stream
Gleams dimlyso the moon shone there,
And it yellowd the strings of thy tangled hair,
                That shook in the wind of night.

The moon made thy lips pale, beloved;
         The wind made thy bosom chill;
                The night did shed
                On thy dear head
Its frozen dew, and thou didst lie
Where the bitter breath of the naked sky
                Might visit thee at will. 



Percy Bysshe Shelley


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


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