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Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley


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Away! the moor is dark beneath the moon,
     Rapid clouds have drank the last pale beam of even:
Away! the gathering winds will call the darkness soon,
     And profoundest midnight shroud the serene lights of heaven.

Pause not! The time is past! Every voice cries, Away!
     Tempt not with one last tear thy friends ungentle mood:
Thy lovers eye, so glazed and cold, dares not entreat thy stay:
     Duty and dereliction guide thee back to solitude.

Away, away! to thy sad and silent home;
     Pour bitter tears on its desolated hearth;
Watch the dim shades as like ghosts they go and come,
     And complicate strange webs of melancholy mirth.

The leaves of wasted autumn woods shall float around thine head:
     The blooms of dewy spring shall gleam beneath thy feet:
But thy soul or this world must fade in the frost that binds the dead,
     Ere midnights frown and mornings smile, ere thou and peace may meet.

The cloud shadows of midnight possess their own repose,
     For the weary winds are silent, or the moon is in the deep:
Some respite to its turbulence unresting ocean knows;
     Whatever moves, or toils, or grieves, hath its appointed sleep.

Thou in the grave shalt restyet till the phantoms flee
     Which that house and heath and garden made dear to thee erewhile,
Thy remembrance, and repentance, and deep musings are not free
     From the music of two voices and the light of one sweet smile. 

April, 1814

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Percy Bysshe Shelley's other poems:
  1. Letter To Maria Gisborne
  2. The Spectral Horseman
  3. To Harriet
  4. Lines Written During The Castlereagh Administration
  5. Lines Written on Hearing the News of the Death of Napoleon


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • George Byron Stanzas ("When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home") November 5, 1820
  • Emily Brontë Stanzas ("I'll not weep that thou art going to leave me")
  • Anne Brontë Stanzas ("Oh, weep not, love! each tear that springs")
  • Charlotte Bront Stanzas ("IF thou be in a lonely place")
  • Thomas Gent Stanzas ("Say, why is the stern eye averted with scorn")
  • Mary Robinson Stanzas ("WHEN fragrant gales and summer showrs")

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