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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
506. Hymn to the Spirit of Nature
 
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
 
LIFE of Life! Thy lips enkindle
With their love the breath between them;
And thy smiles before they dwindle
Make the cold air fire; then screen them
In those locks, where whoso gazes        5
Faints, entangled in their mazes.
 
Child of Light! Thy limbs are burning
Through the veil which seems to hide them,
As the radiant lines of morning
Through thin clouds, ere they divide them;        10
And this atmosphere divinest
Shrouds thee whereso’er thou shinest.
 
Fair are others: none beholds Thee;
But thy voice sounds low and tender
Like the fairest, for it folds thee        15
From the sight, that liquid splendour;
And all feel, yet see thee never,—
As I feel now, lost for ever!
 
Lamp of Earth! where’er thou movest
Its dim shapes are clad with brightness,        20
And the souls of whom thou lovest
Walk upon the winds with lightness
Till they fail, as I am failing,
Dizzy, lost, yet unbewailing!
 

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