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LINES CONNECTED WITH EPIPSYCHIDION
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1819
WRITTEN DURING THE CASTLEREAGH ADMINISTRATION
CORPSES are cold in the tomb -
And their mothers look pale, like the death-white
Of Albion, free no more.
Her sons are as stones in the way-
They are trodden and move not away
Then trample and dance, thou Oppressor!
Of her corpses, and clods, and abortions - they pave
Thy path to the grave.
Lines written during the Castlereagh Administration. Medwin, 1832 || England, Harvard MS. Published by Medwin, The Athenæum, December 8, 1832.
i. 4 death-white, Harvard MS., Frederickson MS. || white, Medwin, 1832.
Hearest thou the festival din
Of Death and Destruction and Sin,
And Wealth crying, Havoc! within?
'Tis the Bacchanal triumph that makes truth
Ay, marry thy ghastly wife!
Let Fear and Disquiet and Strife
Spread thy couch in the chamber of Life; Marry Ruin, thou Tyrant! and Hell be thy
To the bed of the bride!
TO THE MEN OF ENGLAND
MEN of England, wherefore plough
iv. 1 festival, Harvard MS., Frederickson MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || festal, Medwin, 1832.
iv. 4 that, Frederickson MS. | which, Harvard MS., Medwin, 1832.
v. 2 Disquiet, Frederickson MS., Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || Disgust, Medwin, 1832.
v. 4 Hell, Frederickson MS. || God, Harvard MS., Medwin, 1832.
5 the bride, Harvard MS., Frederickson MS., Mrs. Shelley, 18391 || thy, Harvard MS. cancelled, Medwin, 1832.
Song: To the Men of England. Published by Mrs. Shelley, 18391.
Wherefore weave with toil and care
Wherefore feed, and clothe, and save,
Wherefore, Bees of England, forge
Have ye leisure, comfort, calm,
The seed ye sow, another reaps;
Sow seed, but let no tyrant reap;