xml/lby.00015.xml Icons of Liberty: "To Wordsworth"

Percy Bysshe Shelley , "To Wordsworth," (1816)

Transcribed from page 13 of the 1839 Edward Moxon edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Poetical Works, Volume III.


  • POET of Nature, thou hast wept to know
  • That things depart which never may return;
  • Childhood and youth, friendship and love's first glow,
  • Have fled like sweet dreams, leaving three to mourn.
  • These common woes I feel. One loss is mine,
  • Which thou too feel'st; yet I alone deplore.
  • Thou wert as a lone star, whose light did shine
  • On some frail bark in winter's midnight roar:
  • Thou hast like to a rock-built refuge stood
  • Above the blind and battling multitude;
  • In honoured poverty thy voice did weave
  • Songs consecrate to truth and liberty,—
  • Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve,
  • Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be.

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