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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
P. B. Shelley
 
CCLIX. The Invitation
 
BEST and brightest, come away,— 
Fairer far than this fair day, 
Which, like thee, to those in sorrow 
Comes to bid a sweet good-morrow 
To the rough year just awake         5
In its cradle on the brake. 
The brightest hour of unborn Spring 
Through the winter wandering, 
Found, it seems, the halcyon morn 
To hoar February born;  10
Bending from heaven, in azure mirth, 
It kiss'd the forehead of the earth, 
And smiled upon the silent sea, 
And bade the frozen streams be free, 
And waked to music all their fountains,  15
And breathed upon the frozen mountains, 
And like a prophetess of May 
Strew'd flowers upon the barren way, 
Making the wintry world appear 
Like one on whom thou smilest, dear.  20
  
  Away, away, from men and towns, 
To the wild woods and the downs— 
To the silent wilderness, 
Where the soul need not repress 
Its music, lest it should not find  25
An echo in another's mind, 
While the touch of Nature's art 
Harmonizes heart to heart. 
  
  Radiant Sister of the Day 
Awake! arise! and come away!  30
To the wild woods and the plains, 
To the pools where winter rains 
Image all their roof of leaves, 
Where the pine its garland weaves 
Of sapless green, and ivy dun,  35
Round stems that never kiss the sun; 
Where the lawns and pastures be 
And the sandhills of the sea; 
Where the melting hoar-frost wets 
The daisy-star that never sets,  40
And wind-flowers and violets 
Which yet join not scent to hue 
Crown the pale year weak and new; 
  
When the night is left behind 
In the deep east, dim and blind,  45
And the blue noon is over us, 
And the multitudinous 
Billows murmur at our feet, 
Where the earth and ocean meet, 
And all things seem only one  50
In the universal Sun. 
 
 
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