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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
P. B. Shelley
 
CXCV. The Flight of Love
 
WHEN the lamp is shatter'd 
The light in the dust lies dead— 
When the cloud is scatter'd, 
The rainbow's glory is shed. 
When the lute is broken,         5
Sweet tones are remember'd not; 
When the lips have spoken, 
Lov'd accents are soon forgot. 
  
As music and splendour 
Survive not the lamp and the lute,  10
The heart's echoes render 
No song when the spirit is mute— 
No song but sad dirges, 
Like the wind through a ruin'd cell, 
Or the mournful surges  15
That ring the dead seaman's knell. 
  
When hearts have once mingl'd, 
Love first leaves the well-built nest; 
The weak one is singl'd 
To endure what it once possesst.  20
O Love! who bewailest 
The frailty of all things here, 
Why choose you the frailest 
For your cradle, your home, and your bier? 
  
Its passions will rock thee  25
As the storms rock the ravens on high; 
Bright reason will mock thee 
Like the sun from a wintry sky. 
From thy nest every rafter 
Will rot, and thine eagle home  30
Leave thee naked to laughter, 
When leaves fall and cold winds come. 
 
 
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