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POEMS WRITTEN IN 1819
WRITTEN DURING THE CASTLEREAGH ADMINISTRATION
Abortions are dead in the womb,
Her sons are as stones in the way-
They are trodden and move not away -
Is Liberty, smitten to death.
possessor Of her corpses, and clods, and abortions — they pave
Thy path to the grave. Lines written during the Castlereagh Administration. Medwin, 1832 || England, Harvard MS. Published by Medwin, The Athenæum, December 8, 1832.
i. 4 death-white, Harvard MS., Frederickson MS. || white, Medwin, 1832.
Hearest thou the festival din
And Wealth crying, Havoc! within ? 'Tis the Bacchanal triumph that makes truth
Ay, marry thy ghastly wife!
Spread thy couch in the chamber of Life; Marry Ruin, thou Tyrant! and Hell be thy
TO THE MEN OF ENGLAND
For the lords who lay ye low? iv. 1 festival, Harvard MS., Frederickson MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || festal, Medwin, 1832.
iv. 4 that, Frederickson MS. || which, Harvard MS., Medwin, 1832.
v. 2 Disquiet, Frederickson MS., Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || Disgust, Medwin, 1832. v. 4 Hell, Frederickson MS. || God, Harvard MS., Medwin, 1832.
5 the bride, Harvard MS., Frederickson MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || thy, Harvard MS. cancelled, Medwin, 1832.
Song: To the Men of England. Published by Mrs. Shelley, 18391.
Wherefore weave with toil and care
Wherefore feed, and clothe, and save,
Wherefore, Bees of England, forge
The seed ye sow, another reaps ;
defence to bear.