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MEMOIR OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
ib. 227 228 ib. ib.
Hymn of Pan
THE CENCI; a Tragedy, in Five Acts
50 PROMETHEUS UNBOUND; a Lyrical Drama, in Four Acts
77 QUEEN MAB
123 ALASTOR, OR THE SPIRIT OF SOLITUDE 141 ROSALIND AND HELEN; a Modern Eclogue 148 ADONAIS; an Elegy on the Death of John Keats . 159 EPJPSYCHIDION ; Verses addressed to the Noble and unfortunate Lady Emilia V-
164 HELLAS; a Lyrical Drama
· 170 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS:Julian and Maddalo; a Conversation
182 The Witch of Atlas
187 The Triumph of Life
193 Lines written among the Euganean Hills 198 Letter to --
201 The Sensitive Plant
204 A Vision of the Sea
207 Ode to Heaven
208 Ode to the West Wind
209 An Ode, written October 1819, before the Spa
niards had recovered their Liberty Ode to Liberty
ib. Ode to Naples
213 The Cloud
214 To a Skylark
215 An Exhortation
216 Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
ib. Marianne's Dream
217 Mont Blanc
218 On the Medusa of Leonardo da Vinci, in the Florentine Gallery
• 221 A Lament.
ib. The Question
225 Hymn of Apollo
229 ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. 230 ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. 231
ib. ib. ib. ib. 232 ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. 233 ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. ib. 234 ib. ib. ib. 235 ib.
Death of Napoleon
Page Sonnet. Ozymandias
• Ye hasten to the dead! What seek ye there?»
ib. --- Dante Alighieri to Guido Cavalcanti ib.
Translated from the Greek of Moschus 238
Hymn to Mercury-translated from llomer ib.
Page Scenes, from the « Magico Prodigioso of Cal. deron
253 Translation from Moschus Scenes from the Faust » of Goëthe. Prologue in Heaven
260 May-Day Night
267 From an unfinished Drama
270 Prince Athanase
273 The Woodman and the Nightingale
274 To the Moon Song for Tasso
ib. The Waning Moon
The Publishers of the present edition of Mr Shelley's have appealed, therefore, to the most universal of all Poetical Works think it necessary to state, that the first feelings, and have endeavoured to strengthen the moral poem in the collection, The Revolt of Islam,» did sense, by forbidding it to waste its energics in seeking not originally bear that title: it appeared under the to avoid actions which are only crimes of convention. name of « LAON AND Cytona; or the Revolution of the It is because there is so great a multitude of artificial Golden City: a Vision of the Nineteenth Century. vices, that there are so few real virtues. Those feelings But, with the exception of this change of name, -into alone which are benevolent or malevolent are essenthe reasons that led to which it is now unnecessary to cially good or bad. The circumstance of which I speak inquire-some inconsiderable verbal corrections, and was introduced, however, merely to accustom men to the omission of the following paragraph and note in that charity and toleration, which the exhibition of a the preface, the poem is in all respects the same as when practice widely differing from their own las a tendency first given to the public.
to promote. Nothing, indeed, can be more mischievous In the personal conduct of my hero and beroine, than many actions innocent in themselves, which might there is one circumstance which was intended to startle bring down upon individuals the bigoted contempt and the reader from the trance of ordinary life. It was my rage of the multitude.» object to break through the crust of those outworn
1 The sentiments connected with and characteristic of this ciropinions on which established institutions depend. Icumstance bave no personal reference to the writer.
Memoir of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Field-Place, in the county of Sussex, was the spot fagging, which pedagogues are bold enough to where Percy Bysshe Shelley first saw the light. defend openly at the present hour. He was born on the 4th of August, 1792 ; and At Oxford he imprudently printed a dissertawas the eldest son of Sir Timothy Shelley, Bart. tion on the being of a God, which caused his of Castle-Goring. His family is an ancient one, expulsion in his second term, as he refused to and a branch of it has become the representative retract any of his opinions; and thereby inof the house of the illustrious Sir Philip Sidney curred the marked displeasure of his father, of Penshurst. Despising honours which only rest This expulsion arising, as he believed conscienupou the accidental circumstances of birth, Shel- tiously, from his avowal of what he thought to ley was proud of this connection with an im- be true, did not deeply affect him. His mind mortal name. At the customary age, about thir- seems to have been wandering in a maze of teen, he was sent to Eton School, and before he doubt at times between truth and error, arhad completed his fifteenth year, he published dently desirous of finding the truth, warm ir two novels, the Rosicrucian and Zasterozzi. From its pursuit, but without a pole-star to guide Eton be removed to University College, Oxford, him in steering after it. In this state of things to mature his studies, at the age of sixteen, an he met with the Political Justice of Godwin, earlier period than is usual. At Oxford he was, and read it with eagerness and delight. What according to custom, imbued with the elemevts he had wanted he had now found; he determined of logic; and he ventured, in contempt of the thạt justice should be his sole guide, and justice fiat of the University, to apply them to the in- alone. He regarded not whether what he did vestigation of questions which it is orthodox to was after the fashion of the world; he pursued take for granted. His original and uncompro- the career he had marked out with sincerity, and mising spirit of inquiry could not reconcile the excited censure for some of his actions and praise limited use of logical principles. He boldly for others, bordering upon wonder, in proportion tested, or attempted to test, propositions which as they were singular, or as their motives could he imagined, the more they were obscure, and not be appreciated. His notions at the University the more claim they had upon his credence, the tended to atheism; and in a work which he pubgreater was the necessity for examining them. lished entitled « Queen Mah,» it is evident that His spirit was an inquiring one, and he fearlessly this doctrine had at one time a hold upon his sought after what he believed to be truth, be- mind. This was printed for private circulation fore, it is probable, he had acquired all the in- only, and was pirated by a knavish bookseller formation necessary to guide him, from collateral and given to the public, long after the writer sources-a cominon error of headstrong youth. had altered many of the opinions expressed in it, This is the more likely to be the case, as when disclaimed it, and lamented its having been time had matured his knowledge, he differed printed. He spoke of the commonly-received much on points upon which, in callow years and notions of God with contenipt; and hence the without an instructor, fluog upon the world to idea that he denied the being of any superin form his own principles of action, guileless, and tending first cause. He was not on this head sufvehement, he was wont to advocate strongly. ficievtly explicit. He seemed hopeless, in mo-> Shelley possessed the bold quality of inquiring ments of low spirits, of there being such a ruling into the reason of every thing, and of resisting power as he wished, yet he ever clung to the idea what he could not reconcile to be right accord- of some great spirit of intellectual beauty. ing to his conscience. In some persons this has being throughout all things. His life was inbeen denominated a virtue, in others a sin--just flexibly moral and benevolent. He acted up to as it might happen to chime in with worldly the theory of his received doctrine of justice; custom or received opinion. At school he formed and, after all the censures that were cast upon a conspiracy for resistance to that most odious him, who shall impugn the man who thus acts and detestable custom of English seminaries, and lives ?