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Saturn and Love their long repose
Than many unsubdued ;
Not gold, not blood, their altar dowers,
Oh, cease! must hate and death return?
Of bitter prophecy.
The world is weary of the past,
1091-93 more bright... unsubdued, Shelley n. d. || omit, Shelley, 1822; bright || wise, Galignani, 1829; unsubdued || unwithstood, Galignani, 1829.
The Miscellaneous Poems with some exceptions were published either by Shelley, in his successive volumes, or by Mrs. Shelley, in Posthumous Poems, 1824, and the two editions of 1839. A few first appeared elsewhere, and were included in the collected editions, and still others have from time to time found their way to the public. The original issue of each poem is stated, in this edition, in the footnotes. Manuscripts of several, either in Shelley's or Mrs. Shelley's hand, are in existence, and either establish the text or afford variations. The history of each poem, if known, is given in the NOTES.
O THOU bright Sun! beneath the dark blue line
Shows like the vision of a beauteous dream;
Could coldly count the spots within thy sphere? Such were thy lover, Harriet, could he fly The thoughts of all that makes his passion dear, And, turning senseless from thy warm caress, Pick flaws in our close-woven happiness.
Evening. To Harriet. Published by Dowden, Life of Shelley, 1887. Composed July 31, 1813.