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

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
  SPEAK! 1 thy strong words may never pass away …
 
Love, from its awful throne of patient power
In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour
  Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep,
And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs        5
And folds over the world its healing wings.
 
Gentleness, Virtue, Wisdom, and Endurance,
These are the seals of that most firm assurance
  Which bars the pit over Destruction’s strength;
And if, with infirm hand, Eternity,        10
Mother of many acts and hours, should free
  The serpent that would clasp her with his length;
These are the spells by which to reassume
An empire o’er the disentangled doom.
 
To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;        15
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
  To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;
  Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;        20
This, like thy glory, Titan, is to be
Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free;
This is alone Life, Joy, Empire, and Victory.
 
Note 1. Shelley. From end of ‘Prometheus’. [back]
 
 
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