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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
THE FLOWER that smiles to-day
    To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
    Tempts and then flies.
What is this world’s delight?        5
Lightning that mocks the night,
    Brief even as bright.
Virtue, how frail it is!
    Friendship how rare!
Love, how it sells poor bliss        10
    For proud despair!
But we, though soon they fall,
Survive their joy, and all
    Which ours we call.
Whilst skies are blue and bright,        15
    Whilst flowers are gay,
Whilst eyes that change ere night
    Make glad the day;
Whilst yet the calm hours creep,
Dream thou—and from thy sleep        20
    Then wake to weep.

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