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MEMOIR

OF

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

BY T. MEDWIN, ESQ.

AND

ORIGINAL POEMS AND PAPERS

BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.

NOW FIRST COLLECTED.

LONDON:
WHITTAKER, TREACHER, & CO.

1833.

LONDON:

J. HOLMES, TOOK'S COURT, CHANCERY LANE.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The Memoir and the majority of the Papers here collected, originally appeared in the Athenưum of last year; but many persons having expressed a wish to have them in a separate form, they are now republished, with additions, and by consent of the Proprietors.

LINES

Written by the Author of The Bride's Tragedy,' in the

blank-leaf of the · Prometheus Unbound.'

WRITE it in gold-a Spirit of the sun,
An Intellect ablaze with heavenly thoughts,
A Soul with all the dews of pathos shining,
Odorous with love, and sweet to silent woe
With the dark glories of concentrate song,
Was sphered in mortal earth. Angelic sounds,
Alive with panting thoughts, sunned the dim world ;
The bright creations of a human heart
Wrought magic in the bosoms of mankind :
A flooding summer burst on Poetry,
Of which the crowning sun, the night of beauty,

The dancing showers, the birds, whose anthems wild, · Note after note, unbind the enchanted leaves

Of breaking buds, eve, and the flow of dawn,
Were centred and condensed in his one name
As in a providence-and that was SHELLEY.

Oxford, 1822.

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