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IV From billow and mountain and exhalation The sunlight is darted through vapor and blast; From spirit to spirit, from nation to nation, From city to hamlet, thy dawning is cast, — And tyrants and slaves are like shadows of night
In the van of the morning light.
SUMMER AND WINTER
It was a bright and cheerful afternoon
It was a winter such as when birds die
Summer and Winter. Published by Mrs. Shelley, in The Keepsake, 1829.
THE TOWER OF FAMINE
AMID the desolation of a city,
Weeps o'er the shipwrecks of oblivion's wave,
For bread, and gold, and blood; pain, linked to guilt,
There stands the pile, a tower amid the towers
Of solitary wealth; the tempest-proof
And are withdrawn - so that the world is bare; As if a spectre, wrapped in shapeless terror, Amid a company of ladies fair
Should glide and glow, till it became a mirror
The Tower of Famine. Published by Mrs. Shelley, in The Keepsake, 1829.
11-14 Each ... temple ... wealth, i' the ... pavilion, Rossetti conj.
16 world || void, Rossetti conj.
The life of their sweet eyes, with all its error, Should be absorbed, till they to marble grew.
A PORTAL as of shadowy adamant
Stands yawning on the highway of the life Which we all tread, a cavern huge and gaunt;
Around it rages an unceasing strife Of shadows, like the restless clouds that haunt The gap of some cleft mountain, lifted high Into the whirlwinds of the upper sky.
Not knowing that a shadowy .
Wait peacefully for their companion new; But others, by more curious humor led,
Pause to examine; these are very few, And they learn little there, except to know That shadows follow them where'er they go.
THE WORLD'S WANDERERS
Speed thee in thy fiery flight,
In what cavern of the night
Will thy pinions close now ?
Seekest thou repose now ?
Weary wind, who wanderest
On the tree or billow ?
YE hasten to the grave! What seek ye there,
Sonnet. Published by Hunt, in The Literary Pocket-Book, 1824.
Ollier MS. || dead, Harvard MS., Hunt, 1823. 5 pale Expectation, Ollier MS. || anticipation, Harvard MS., Hunt, 1823.
Whence thou didst come, and whither thou must go,
LINES TO A REVIEWER
ALAS! good friend, what profit can you see
8 all that . . . would, Harvard MS., Hunt, 1823 || that which, Mrs. Shelley, 1824, wouldst, Mrs. Shelley, 18391.
Lines to a Reviewer. Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || To Hunt, 1823; Sonnet. Mrs. Shelley, 1824. Published by Hunt, in The Literary Pocket-Book, 1823.