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As I must die on thine,
Thou art fair, and few are fairer
Of the nymphs of earth or ocean;
Those soft limbs of thine, whose motion
As the life within them dances. ii. 7 die, Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || omit, The Liberal, 1822, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.
ii. 8 Oh, Browning MS., Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || omit, The Liberal, 1822, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.
iï. 7 press it close to thine, Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, 1824, 18391 || press it to thine own, Browning MS., press me to thine own, The Liberal, 1822.
iii. 8 will || must, Copy of Browning MS.
To Sophia || Sophia, Stacey MS. Lines written for Miss Sophia Stacey, Rossetti, 1870. Published by Rossetti, 1870.
Thy deep eyes, a double Planet,
Gaze the wisest into madness
Are those thoughts of tender gladness
If, whatever face thou paintest
In those eyes, grows pale with pleasure,
When it hears thy harp's wild measure,
As dew beneath the wind of morning,
As the sea which whirlwinds waken,
As aught mute yet deeply shaken,
heart when thine is near it.
5 zephyrs, Stacey MS. || lightnings, Stacey MS. cancelled.
6 gentle, Stacey MS. || softest, Stacey MS. cancelled. iii. 2 those, Stacey MS. || thine, Stacey MS. cancelled.
3 soul, Stacey MS. || heart, Stacey MS. cancelled.
The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
With a sweet emotion ;
All things by a law divine
Why not I with thine ?
See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
If it disdained its brother;
And the moonbeams kiss the sea :
If thou kiss not me?
Love's Philosophy, Hunt, 1819 || An Anacreontic, Harvard MS. Published by Hunt, The Indicator, December 22, 1819. Dated in the Harvard MS., January, 1820.
i. 3 mix forever, Stacey MS., Indicator, 1819 || melt together, Harvard MS.
i. 7 In one another's being, Harvard MS., Indicator, 1819 || In one spirit meet and, Stacey MS.
ü. 3 sister, Harvard MS., Stacey MS., Mrs. Shelley, 1824 || leaf or, Indicator, 1819.
ii. 4 disdained its, Harvard MS., Stacey MS., Mrs. Shelley, 1824 || disdained to kiss its, Indicator, 1819.
ii. 7 are all these kissings, Indicator, 1819 || all cancelled for were these examples, Harvard MS. ; is all this sweet work, Stacey MS.
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1820
THE SENSITIVE PLANT
A SENSITIVE Plant in a garden grew,
And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
But none ever trembled and panted with bliss
The snowdrop, and then the violet,
The Sensitive Plant. Published with Prometheus Unbound, 1820. Composed at Pisa, and dated, in the Harvard MS., March, 1820.
6 Like, felt, Harvard MS., Shelley, 1820 || And, Mrs. Shelley, 18391, fell, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
Then the pied wind-flowers and the tulip tall,
And the Naiad-like lily of the vale,
And the hyacinth purple, and white, and blue,
And the rose like a nymph to the bath ad
dressed, Which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast, Till, fold after fold, to the fainting air The soul of her beauty and love lay bare;
And the wand-like lily, which lifted up,
And the jessamine faint, and the sweet tube
29–32 omit, Harvard MS.