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Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Summer and Winter


It was a bright and cheerful afternoon,
Towards the end of the sunny month of June,
When the north wind congregates in crowds
The floating mountains of the silver clouds
From the horizonand the stainless sky
Opens beyond them like eternity.
All things rejoiced beneath the sun; the weeds,
The river, and the corn-fields, and the reeds;
The willow leaves that glanced in the light breeze,
And the firm foliage of the larger trees.

It was a winter such as when birds die
In the deep forests; and the fishes lie
Stiffened in the translucent ice, which makes
Even the mud and slime of the warm lakes
A wrinkled clod as hard as brick; and when,
Among their children, comfortable men
Gather about great fires, and yet feel cold:
Alas, then, for the homeless beggar old! 



Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poem Themes: Winter, Summer

Percy Bysshe Shelley's other poems:
  1. Matilda Gathering Flowers
  2. Homer's Hymn to Minerva
  3. Letter To Maria Gisborne
  4. From the Arabic, an Imitation
  5. To Mary


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