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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Rome, the Protestant Burial-Ground
Grave of Keats
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
(From Adonais)

  PEACE! peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep,—
  He hath awakened from the dream of life;
  ’T is we who, lost in stormy visions, keep
  With phantoms an unprofitable strife,
  And in mad trance strike with our spirit’s knife        5
  Invulnerable nothings. We decay
  Like corpses in a charnel; fear and grief
  Convulse us and consume us day by day,
And cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.
 
  He has outsoared the shadow of our night;        10
  Envy and calumny, and hate and pain,
  And that unrest which men miscall delight,
  Can touch him not and torture not again;
  From the contagion of the world’s slow stain
  He is secure, and now can never mourn        15
  A heart grown cold, a head grown gray in vain;
  Nor when the spirit’s self has ceased to burn,
With sparkless ashes load an unlamented urn.
 
  He lives, he wakes,—’t is Death is dead, not he;
  Mourn not for Adonais. Thou young dawn,        20
  Turn all thy dew to splendor, for from thee
  The spirit thou lamentest is not gone;
  Ye caverns and ye forests, cease to moan!
  Cease, ye faint flowers and fountains, and thou air,
  Which like a mourning veil thy scarf hadst thrown        25
  O’er the abandoned earth, now leave it bare
Even to the joyous stars which smile on its despair!
 
  He is made one with Nature: there is heard
  His voice in all her music, from the moan
  Of thunder to the song of night’s sweet bird;        30
  He is a presence to be felt and known
  In darkness and in light, from herb and stone,
  Spreading itself where’er that Power may move
  Which has withdrawn his being to its own;
  Which wields the world with never-wearied love,        35
Sustains it from beneath, and kindles it above.
 
 
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