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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Time Long Past
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
LIKE the ghost of a dear friend dead
                Is Time long past.
A tone which is now forever fled,
A hope which is now forever past,
A love so sweet it could not last,        5
                Was Time long past.
 
There were sweet dreams in the night
                Of Time long past:
And, was it sadness or delight,
Each day a shadow onward cast        10
Which made us wish it yet might last—
                That Time long past.
 
There is regret, almost remorse,
                For Time long past.
’Tis like a child’s belovèd corse        15
A father watches, till at last
Beauty is like remembrance, cast
                From Time long past.
 
 
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