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Whilst its mother's is lustreless : “Smile not, my
child, But sleep deeply and sweetly, and so be beguiled Of the pang that awaits us, whatever that be, So dreadful since thou must divide it with me! Dream, sleep! This pale bosom, thy cradle and
bed, Will it rock thee not, infant? 'Tis beating with
dread! Alas! what is life, what is death, what are we, That when the ship sinks we no longer may be ? What! to see thee no more, and to feel thee no
more ? To be after life what we have been before ? Not to touch those sweet hands, not to look on
Those lips, and that hair, all that smiling disguise Thou yet wearest, sweet spirit, which I, day by
day, Have so long called my child, but which now fades
away Like a rainbow, and I the fallen shower?” Lo!
the ship Is settling, it topples, the leeward ports dip; The tigers leap up when they feel the slow brine Crawling inch by inch on them; hair, ears, limbs,
Stand rigid with horror; a loud, long, hoarse cry
87 all the, Harvard MS.
Mixed with the clash of the lashing rain,
world Which, based on the sea and to heaven upcurled, Like columns and walls did surround and sustain The dome of the tempest; it rent them in twain, As a flood rends its barriers of mountainous crag; And the dense clouds in many a ruin and rag, Like the stones of a temple ere earthquake has
passed, Like the dust of its fall, on the whirlwind are
cast; They are scattered like foam on the torrent; and
where The wind has burst out through the chasm, from
the air Of clear morning the beams of the sunrise flow in, Unimpeded, keen, golden, and crystalline, Banded armies of light and of air; at one gate They encounter, but interpenetrate. And that breach in the tempest is widening away, And the caverns of cloud are torn up by the day,
122 cloud, Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || clouds, Shelley, 1820.
And the fierce winds are sinking with weary
wings, Lulled by the motion and murmurings And the long glassy heave of the rocking sea, And overhead glorious, but dreadful to see, The wrecks of the tempest, like vapors of gold, Are consuming in sunrise. The heaped waves
behold The deep calm of blue heaven dilating above, And, like passions made still by the presence of
Love, Beneath the clear surface reflecting it slide Tremulous with soft influence ; extending its tide From the Andes to Atlas, round mountain and
isle, Round sea-birds and wrecks, paved with heaven's
azure smile, The wide world of waters is vibrating. Where Is the ship? On the verge of the wave where it
lay One tiger is mingled in ghastly affray With a sea-snake. The foam and the smoke of
the battle Stain the clear air with sunbows. The jar, and
the rattle Of solid bones crushed by the infinite stress Of the snake's adamantine voluminousness; And the hum of the hot blood that spouts and
rains Where the gripe of the tiger has wounded the
veins, Swollen with rage, strength, and effort; the whirl
and the splash
As of some hideous engine whose brazen teeth
smash The thin winds and soft waves into thunder; the
And hissings, crawl fast o'er the smooth ocean
streams, Each sound like a centipede. Near this commo
tion A blue shark is hanging within the blue ocean, The fin-winged tomb of the victor. The other Is winning his way from the fate of his brother, To his own with the speed of despair. Lol a boat Advances; twelve rowers with the impulse of
thought Urge on the keen keel, — the brine foams. At the
stern Three marksmen stand levelling. Hot bullets
burn In the breast of the tiger, which yet bears him on To his refuge and ruin. One fragment alone 'Tis dwindling and sinking, 'tis now almost gone Of the wreck of the vessel peers out of the sea. With her left hand she grasps it impetuously, With her right hand she sustains her fair infant.
Death, Fear, Love, Beauty, are mixed in the atmosphere, Which trembles and burns with the fervor of dread Around her wild eyes, her bright hand, and her
head, Like a meteor of light o'er the waters ! her child Is yet smiling, and playing, and murmuring ; so
smiled 160 impetuously, Shelley, 1820 || convulsively, Harvard MS.
The false deep ere the storm. Like a sister and
brother The child and the ocean still smile on each other, Whilst
I BRING fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
In their noonday dreams.
The sweet buds every one,
As she dances about the sun.
And whiten the green plains under,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.
I sift the snow on the mountains below,
And their great pines groan aghast ; And all the night 'tis my pillow white,
While I sleep in the arms of the blast.
Lightning my pilot sits ;
It struggles and howls at fits;
This pilot is guiding me,