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By all the days under an hireling's care,
By the false cant which on their innocent lips
By thy most impious Hell, and all its terror;
By all the grief, the madness, and the guilt Of thine impostures, which must be their error That sand on which thy crumbling Power is built
By thy complicity with lust and hate
Thy thirst for tears thy hunger after gold— The ready frauds which ever on thee wait — The servile arts in which thou hast grown old
ix. 1 an || a, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson1), 18391,2. 3 any ever, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson1).
4 yet not fatherless || cancelled by Shelley for why not fatherless, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson1).
xi. crossed by Shelley and marked dele, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson1).
xi. 1 most, omit, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson2).
1 terrors, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson2), 18392. 3 errors, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson2), 18392. xii. 4 hast || art, Mrs. Shelley, transcripts (Forman, one, Frederickson2).
By thy most killing sneer, and by thy smile
By all the hate which checks a father's love
Yes, the despair which bids a father groan,
I curse thee, though I hate thee not. O slave! If thou couldst quench the earth-consuming Hell Of which thou art a demon, on thy grave
This curse should be a blessing. Fare thee well!
xiii. 2 arts and snares, Mrs. Shelley, transcripts (Forman, Frederickson2) || snares and arts, Harvard MS.; snares and nets, Mrs. Shelley, transcripts (Forman, Frederickson1); acts and snares, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
xiv. 2 scorn || hate, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson2). xv. 2 cry say, transcript, (Forman, one).
3 those || their, transcripts, (Forman, one, Frederickson1). 4 souls are || soul is, Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Forman).
TO WILLIAM SHELLEY
THE billows on the beach are leaping around it,
The bark is weak and frail,
The sea looks black, and the clouds that bound
Darkly strew the gale.
Come with me, thou delightful child,
They have taken thy brother and sister dear,
They have withered the smile and dried the
Which should have been sacred to me. To a blighting faith and a cause of crime They have bound them slaves in youthly prime, And they will curse my name and thee Because we are fearless and free.
To William Shelley. Published without title by Mrs. Shelley, i, v., vi., 18391, i.-vi., 18392.
i. 1 on the beach, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18392 || omit 18391. 5 thou, Mrs. Shelley, 18391,2 || omit, Mrs. Shelley, transcript. 8 the, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || omit, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
ii. 6 prime, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || time, Mrs. Shelley, 18392. 8 are fearless, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || fearless are, Mrs. Shel
Come thou, belovèd as thou art;
Near thy sweet mother's anxious heart,
Fear not the tyrants will rule forever,
They stand on the brink of that raging river
Whose waves they have tainted with death. It is fed from the depth of a thousand dells, Around them it foams and rages and swells; And their swords and their sceptres I floating
Like wrecks on the surge of eternity.
Rest, rest, and shriek not, thou gentle child!
iii. 4 shalt, Mrs. Shelley, transcript | wilt, Mrs. Shelley, 18392. iv. Compare Rosalind and Helen, 894-901; omit, Mrs. Shelley, transcript.
v. 1 and, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || omit, Mrs. Shelley, 18391,2.
With all its dark and hungry graves,
This hour will in thy memory
Be a dream of days forgotten long; We soon shall dwell by the azure sea Of serene and golden Italy,
Or Greece, the Mother of the free;
And I will teach thine infant tongue
In their own language, and will mould
Of Grecian lore, that by such name
ON FANNY GODWIN
HER voice did quiver as we parted,
Yet knew I not that heart was broken From which it came, and I departed Heeding not the words then spoken. Misery O Misery,
This world is all too wide for thee.
v. 9 us, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || thee, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
vi. 1 will, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18392 || sometime in, Mrs. Shelley, 18391.
vi. 2 long, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || omit, Mrs. Shelley, 18391,2. 7 those, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || their, Mrs. Shelley,
On Fanny Godwin. Published with title, On F. G., by Mrs. Shelley, 18391.