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TIME LONG PAST
LIKE the ghost of a dear friend dead
A tone which is now forever fled,
A hope which is now forever past,
There were sweet dreams in the night
And, was it sadness or delight,
There is regret, almost remorse,
Time Long Past. Published by Rossetti, 1870.
"BUONA notte, buona notte!" Come mai
Solinga, scura, cupa, senza speme,
La notte quando Lilla m'abbandona ;
Pei cuori chi si batton insieme
Ogni notte, senza dirla, sarà buona.
Come male buona notte si suona
GOOD-NIGHT? ah, no! the hour is ill
Buona Notte. Published by Medwin in The Angler in Wales, 1834. The text follows Rossetti's version of the Boscombe MS. Good-Night. Published by Hunt, The Literary Pocket-Book,
i.-iii. Harvard MS. Mrs. Shelley, 1824.
i. 1 Good-night? no, love! the night is ill, Stacey MS.
Let us remain together still,
How can I call the lone night good,
To hearts which near each other move
ii. 1 How were the night without thee good, Stacey MS.
iii. 1 The hearts that on each other beat, Stacey MS., The, Har
vard MS. cancelled.
iii. 3 Have nights as good as they are sweet, Stacey MS.
iii. 4 They But, Stacey MS.
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1821
DIRGE FOR THE YEAR
ORPHAN hours, the year is dead,
For the year is but asleep.
As an earthquake rocks a corse
So White Winter, that rough nurse,
As the wild air stirs and sways
Dirge for the Year. Published by Mrs. Shelley, 1824, and dated January 1, 1821.
ii. 4 death-cold, Mrs. Shelley, 1824 || dead-cold, Mrs. Shelley, 18391.
Trembling hours; she will arise
January gray is here,
Like a sexton by her grave; February bears the bier,
March with grief doth howl and rave, And April weeps - but, O ye hours! Follow with May's fairest flowers.
UNFATHOMABLE Sea! whose waves are years, Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe Are brackish with the salt of human tears! Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality,
And sick of prey, yet howling on for more, Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore; Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm, Who shall put forth on thee, Unfathomable Sea?
Time. Published by Mrs. Shelley, 1824.