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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Prometheus, i. 618

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
FURY 1
        In each human heart terror survives
The ravin it has gorged: the loftiest fear
All that they would disdain to think were true:
Hypocrisy and custom make their minds
The fanes of many a worship, now outworn.        5
They dare not devise good for man’s estate,
And yet they know not that they do not dare.
The good want power, but to weep barren tears.
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom;        10
And all best things are thus confused to ill.
Many are strong and rich, and would be just,
But live among their suffering fellow-men
As if none felt: they know not what they do.
 
PROMETHEUS
  Thy words are like a cloud of wingèd snakes;
        15
And yet I pity those they torture not.
 
Note 1. Shelley. Prom. i. 618. [back]
 
 
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